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Landscaping, Hedges, ETS (effluent fields), Revegetation, Wetlands, Native Forestry....

from Auckland to Far North.

Here are some of our jobs....

This webpage was updated by Ian Fox on 18th January 2016.

 

Revegetation planting, deck, pond with waterfall and bush walk track.

Started in 2007, this project has been added to most years since.  The 5 level deck with steps between and finishing over the water was completed in March 2015.

The very first stage was clearing the 4m high gorse and replanting with natives and forming a circuit bush walk. Then we constructed the large pond which follows a natural stream, creating habitat for water fowl.  There is now several species living there as well as fresh water crayfish, frogs and large eels which are hand feed.  The pond outlet is a small stone waterfall which flows perminantly.  there is a large swamp area which act as the major storm flow area.  Plantings have been added to several times with a total of about 25,000 plants put in to date.

Tauraroa Road, Maungakaramea.

 

Retaining wall with irrigation.

This wall had 2 levels which were linked together by a number of steps in the wall.  Boards were laid horizontally rather than sloping to match the ground which takes more work but the finished wall looks better. Posts are 125mm square and boards are 150mm high and were routed to a round edge finish.  Bottom image shows 2 years later.

November 2012. West Ridge Road Whangarei.

 

November 2011.  Whangarei.  Landscaping. 

Removal of unwanted vegetation, followed up with planting and mulching with pebbles in some places and chipped pine in others.

 

Kai Iwi Lakes. August 2011.  25,000 reveg plants plus ladnscape plantings.  Follow on from Planning in 2010.

In 2010 Ian Fox wrote the Kai Iwi Lakes Restoration Plan for the whole domain (over 500ha). The plan had 2 landscape plans (for the two camp sites), recreation tracks around the lake, native restoration planting plans and pest plant eradication and management plans.

In 2011 we planted 25,000 plants on the hillside around Pine Beach campsite and further plantings within the campsite to form shade for campers.

 

 

October 2011. Langs Beach.

Landscaping. Supply and plant, mulch, irrigation, lawn.

Here we Used the clients own design they had drawn up with their list of plants species.

Some plants were supplied from our nursery and some we brought in for the job.

Site prep was done with a digger and we removed unwanted trees.

we supplied and laid soil, graded bark mulch, river rock, and had a contractor lay instant lawn.  We the installed computer controlled irrigation which will turn off if it rains.

 

April to November 2011.  Whangaroa.

2 ha of coastal hillside revegetation after pine tree removal. 5000 plants supplied and planted.

This job has had a number of stages and aspects.  Pest plant spraying, Possum control, Landscaping near the house, Supply and Planting and Maintenance.

Left is the hillside taken from the whangaroa warf.

Below right is from a neighbours lawn.

Two on below left is on the hillside.  You can just see the new plants.

 

April 2011.  Bream Bay area.

2.6ha wetland with 5000 plants supplied and planted.

We planned the species and quantities then sprayed out large patches of kikuyu grass.  A week later the grass was grazed off by cattle and then we started planting.  There was lots of existing rushes in wet areas and streams so we calculated the area that was in need of plants.  We then planted half of that area in irregular patches of plants so that in years to come it will give the apperance of a natural forest as it will not be all the same age.  The planted patches will grow and drop seed which will start to infill the unplanted areas in about 5 years time.  These open areas will also serve as walking tracks and quad bike access for maintenance of the plants.

 

February 2011.  Far North.  It's not just planting we do.  We also do weed control before and after we plant.

Wildling pine tree removal from 2km of coastal cliffs ranging from 40m to 120m high.

This is time consuming work with having to set up about 30 abseil sites along the cliff face. We then abseil down and pull out small trees and cut medium sized ones and the very large are poisoned.

We will be planting the cliff top edge in winter 2011.

Photos: Top left, Ian on rope at the base of the pine tree.  there were several small trees further out.  Top right, Ian on the way back up the rope.  Left, Kane on his way down about 100m to get a few small trees. Note the chain attached to Kane's harness.  Once he gets to the tree Kane attaches the 1.5m long chain to the rope and the other end to him.  This means we can safely cut trees with axes or chainsaw and not be concerned about cutting the rope and falling.

 

June 2011. North Auckland. 

Subdivision planting of 7000 plants.

We planned the plant species and numbers for council consent along with the maintenance plan then supplied and planted the highlighted areas.

 

FARM MAPPING.

The software we us for mapping our planting jobs can also be used for farm mapping which we can also do for you.

 

May 2011. Mangawhai area.  We supplied and planted 15,000 plants spread over 3ha around existing bush.  The bottom blue area was fully planted as there was no existing bush in that valley. 

 

June 2011.  Whangarei area.

We planted two native forestry blocks of totara which should be ready for harvest in about 60 years.

Totara and other native timbers are highly valued and whilst take about twice as long as pines (Radiata) to mature to harvest stage, they are worth well more than double.

You must register your planted native forestry block with MAF.

Native forestry options:

Totara, Puriri, Kahikatea, Matai, Miro, Rimu, Kauri.

I'd also like to see experiments in whau as it is very lightweight and stronger than bulsa wood. It could be used for racing boats, surfboards or models.

Hillside planting with walking track.

This hillside had a walking track put through it, then sprayed out and planted with mixed natives in 2010.  Picture to the right shows the site in 2013 and it ahs been added to in 2015.  The image only show about 1/3 of the area.

Helmsdale Road, Waipu

 

Wetland with several ponds.

This wetland was created in 2010 and planted with a few thousand plants. The below image just after forming the dams and the right image 4 years later.

Helmsdale Road Waipu.

 

June 2010.  West Auckland.

We compiled the plant list for council consent, did the planting plan and maintenance plan, then supplied and plant 30,000 plants.

We are back for more planting in another area on the property in 2011.

Areas in green are existing native bush and the grey area is what we planted (3.5 ha in grey)

 

Landscape - Design and Implement.

Langs Beach.  This newly built spec house needed something to give it a better appearance.   A put in a grisilinia hedge around the boundary, hebe and corokia at the entrance with a paver path with shell around to the rear of the house. In the shaded areas at the rear we planted kawakawa and putaputaweta.  All planting was mulched and had irrigation.  We also added a Yucca as a feature in the front.

 

Landscape - Design and Implement.

Langs Beach.  This newly built family beach house needed finishing off with landscaping.  We supplied and planted a grisilina hedge on one side to block the view from neighbours put a palm tree in the front and ferns at the rear with a few purple piripiri and turutu for amoungst the rocks. There was also a few corokia, poroporo and weeping matipo.  Fully automated irrigation was installed.

 

Landscape, Revegetation, ETS field - Design and Implement.

Waipu.  A new house with step hillside below.  We supplied and planted 3500 plants as revegation but keeping in mind it needed to fit with landscaping yet to be done around the house.  The top part of the hillside also serves as the ETS field.  The plants at the top are selected so they don't block the views once the are mature.  We also work on several of the neighbours properties. (photo on right was from the neighbours deck).

 

Landscape & Revegetation - Design & Implement.

Waipu. This area was planted with mostly native trees with a few exotic species.  A gravel walk track was put in leading down the hill to a grassed picnic table area.  Plant species were selected and placed so as to allow a view to the table as you walk down the track as well as from the house deck.  Flowering trees such as pohutukawa and kowhai were used to frame the view.  Larger tree species such as rewarewa were planted near the botoom of the hill.

 

Domestic ETS (Effluent) Field.

Ruakaka. Here we supplied and planted 300 native plants for an effluent field.  Most of the day it rained but that doesn't stop us working.  The client had brought the chipped pine mulch and had intended to spread it himself but after a day on the wheelborrow decided to get us to spread it. 

FYI. Mulch is usually spread at 1 cubic metre per 10 square metres.  It takes 10-13 wheelbarrows to move each cube. So on this job there was about 300-350 barrow loads.

 

Hedge - Supply & Plant

Springfield.  This hedge was planted to so that the farmers could not see the neighbouring houses.  It also doubles as livestock shelter.  Another fence was to be errected after planting.  There was two hedges totaling 500m long ranging from 1m to 4m wide with up to 4 rows of plants.  A range of pb3 grade natives were planted direct into the grasses area (after being grazed) with no spraying.

FYI.  If we spray the pasture the weeds will grow  and we then need to keep spraying every few months so we may as well put in plants that are 60cm or high and do no maintenance of the grass. We do this for some jobs as it more cost effective.

 

Hedge 400 Metres long

Before site work
Sprayed and saw dust mulch
Marked and plants placed
Planted and staked
Before site work
Sawdust going on, Sprayed 4 weeks before
Planted
Planted

 

Hedge at Waipu - 135 Metres long with 3 rows of mixed natives.  Most of the length the plan was not to have plants which will be 2-3m tall when mature.

Left: Just started laying sawdust mulch over sprayed ground. Left: the finished job.

 

Effluent Feild at Waipu - 300 metres with dripper lines.  The client brought and spread their own sawdust to save money.

Above: dripper lines waiting to be covered with sawdust. Above: After planting in a grid partern of colour and texture.

 

Effluent Field at Waipu Cove - 250 Square Metres with pipes undergound.  A mix of native plants went in with sawdust mulch.

Before Straight after planting 12 months after planting Kanuka & Manuka 12 mths later

 

Effluent Field at Waikeikei - 600 Square Metres with pipes underground.

Before spraying Laying of sawdust mulch After planting After planting

 

Effluent Field at Mangapai -  250m with pipes underground. The client was going to put their own mulch on to save money.

This feild was planted with mostly Flax with grasses near the house at the top of the slope.  there was also about 40 mixed coprosma.

 

Step bank at Waipu Cove.  This bank was very hard clay and almost rock in places.  Any topsoil or mulch placed on was likely to be washed off.  we planted 1000 small grade (5cm tubes) into holes drilled with a petrol power drill.  Species planted were Rengarenga, 3 different flaxes and sand coprosma. All will tolerate the poor ground.  As the bank was so step we could not stand an work on it so we used ropes anchored at the top and wore harnesses. 

Drilling the plant holes Looking from the western side
From the eastern side

 

Step bank at Whakapirau. We planted 4 sorts of flax and a few toetoe.

Before with kykuyu grass all over the bank.
After planting with sawdust mulch.

 

Step bank at Whanake North - 500 square metres of bank planted with mixed natives. Mostly flax, Hebe and Coprosma.  This client chose not to have mulch to save on costs. Maintence of weeds will be done by periodic spraying with 1/2 the usual rate of glyphosate.

Before in May 2008.  covered with kykuyu grass. After planting in June 2008.  We returned for more planting in September 2008 and the plants had near doubled in size.

 

 

Revegetation - Supply & Plant

Springfield.  About 1500 square metres of hillside. A fire had gone through an area of native bush some years ago and gorse had regrown and the gorse had then been sprayed out a number of times over the years. The owner cut the gorse with a scrub cutter and pitch forked it down the hill.  We then planted 635 pb3 grade plants.  The owner had planted 100 the year before amongst the gorse. The area planted raps around the lower left and along the top of the bush in photo on right.

 

Reforestation of a hillside in Whangarei.  6000 square metres of previously grazed step hillside.  We planted 2000 plants in 2008 in a patchy patern where some areas have no plants and other areas are thick with plants. This creates areas of grass in the forest which will eventually be covered by a canopy as trees mature.   Most plants were 9cm tube grade (about 3/4) and the rest were pb3 grade.  we planted direct inot the grass with no spraying or cutting. This works very well if you put the right grade of plant in. There will be no mulching, spraying, or grass cutting done on this job. This saves a lot of money.   We hope to be back in 2009 to put in a further 2000 plants.

 
The area stretchs outside of this photo but is above the clay dam wall. The guys carrying the plant stretcher down the hill to an area to be planted.  The strtcher can hold 120 9cm tube grade plants.   

 

 

 

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