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We provide tractor slashing services councils, Corporations and private customers.

Bushfire is a natural occurrence, and one of nature's most devastating forces. And more and more people are living in and near bush land, in semi-rural and urban residential estates on the outskirts of cities and towns, where bushfire is most likely. If you live in a place where city and bush meet, you need to adjust your lifestyle, to be ready in case bushfire comes your way. While most full-time farmers are properly prepared against bushfire, city and suburban ways of thinking need to change when the bush is your nearest and biggest neighbour. Preparing and responding to bushfire is a responsibility shared between NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE, local government, communities and you as an individual property or home occupier. Working together, the bushfire threat can be significantly reduced. Fires generate more than just smoke. They generate embers, ash, burning debris and cinders that can be blown ahead of the fire front. Research shows that burning embers and sparks are the most frequent cause of buildings catching fire. Unless you have undertaken preparations well ahead of the bushfire season, and have the right equipment, your ability to protect your property is greatly reduced.

But the good news is :

Homes where adequate preparations have been made can survive the initial passage of bushfire. Homes have a greater chance of survival where people remain to extinguish small fires. People who are well prepared can shelter in their homes and have an excellent chance of surviving. Before the fire season Don't let bushfires catch you and your community by surprise. There are many things which can be done around the home to prepare for an advancing bushfire. The most important points to consider are: Reduce the fuel around your home. (Fuel is dried out material that will burn - branches, sticks, twigs, leaves, bark, grass, furniture etc.)

Landscaping

Appropriate landscaping taken in the long term, can reduce the risk of fire damage. A well designed garden can provide a green safety zone around your home.The use of trees and plants in landscaping the property can reduce fire risk by: decreasing fire intensity, reducing wind speeds and turbulence, catching flying embers and sparks, and shielding from radiant heat. Vegetation Slashing of long grass can reduce fuel for fire Smooth-barked trees are less likely to catch.

Avoid trees which shed bark in long strands.Trees should be located at a sufficient distance away from the house to make sure that when fully mature, branches do not overhang the eaves of the house, dropping leaves into the gutters. Trees already growing close to the house should be pruned back from the roofline, and regularly checked for regrowth in this direction.All trees and plants will burn if conditions are severe. Good design and maintenance of the property will reduce the risk of loss to fire. More information on using fire resistant plants is available from your local Council.

Permits to Light Fire In NSW, the 'fire season' runs for many months spreading slowly south from the top of the State about mid-year to the southern border by late winter. Statewide fire bans are not common because there can be bushfire in one part of the state and flooding rains in another.In NSW, a permit to light fire is required at all times for a fire that is going to be bigger than two metres in any direction.

Permits are free and are available from your local Fire Warden or Fire Station.Penalties apply to persons committing breaches of the Fire and Rescue Service Act. Homes where adequate preparations have been made can Survive the initial passage of bushfire. Homes have a greater chance of survival where people remain to extinguish small fires. People who are well prepared can shelter in their homes and have an excellent chance of surviving.

Our tractor:

Is a Kioti It was purchased in early 2013 and comes equipped . The slasher is a 1.5m heavy duty Sherwood slasher.

Our equipment is regularly serviced and maintained to a high standard. The size of this equipment allows us to cater for both small and large acreage.

We maintain daily safe work method statements and job safety analysis sheets for all employees and machinery.

Blaxland Lawn Mowing has the service for you!

Slashing paddocks

There is a lot of debate over whether or not slashing benefits pastures. Slashing is not a common practice on larger properties but it is often done on smaller properties, in many cases for reasons other than for improving the pasture. 

Before slashing ask:

• Why are we doing it? 

• Will it provide better grazing for stock? 

• How much will it cost?

Some reasons for slashing are: 

• Increasing mulch on the soil.  The slashed grass needs to be in direct contact with the soil to add organic matter. Often the slashed material sits on top of the grass and acts as a mulch, slowing pasture recovery and not contributing to the soil organic matter. Is this better than burning? It depends on the pasture but a good fire can stimulate native pastures while a very hot fire can destroy pastures. The choice between slashing and burning will depend on the situation.

• Reducing the bulk of pasture. A large bulk of pasture can be a fire hazard but it can also be a valuable source of standover feed for the coming winter when it can be fed with a protein supplement. The value of the pasture as potential feed will have to be balanced against the potential fire hazard, taking into consideration the seasonal conditions.

• Promoting new pasture growth. If pastures are not grazed they can become rank and unpalatable. Slashing can promote new and more palatable pasture growth, but it is often better to vary stocking rates to reduce rank growth if possible. Studies researching the impact of slashing on productivity have had conflicting results, and vary with pasture species. Generally though, the cost of slashing outweighs the gains achieved in new pasture growth. Better grazing management is often the easier alternative.

 Managing annual weeds. Slashing can be a great tool in controlling weeds, such as thistles, that can establish on bare ground during variable weather conditions and compete with pastures. These weeds need to be slashed before they go to seed, otherwise the slasher will spread the weed seeds further afield and compound the problem.

• Managing woody weeds. Plants such as wild rosemary (Cassinia laevis) and some wattles can be controlled by slashing when they are small, reducing the likelihood of having to undertake a major weed control program after the weeds become established. Several follow-up treatments will often be necessary to control the plants that re-sprout after the initial slashing.

• Establishing new pastures. New pastures can become dominated by annual weeds that take advantage of the disturbed soil. Slashing before these weeds flower will reduce moisture stress and competition for the new pasture. The new pasture may have to be spelled longer, however, to let it go to seed.

• Evening out variations in grazing. A paddock with a set-stocking rate will generally have grazed and ungrazed patches. Slashing will help to even up the pasture but a better option is to use a rotational grazing system to even out the grazing pressure on the pasture. In rotational grazing, stock are moved as a group through two or more paddocks on a regular basis. This improves the management of the grazing pressure and gives pastures in the ungrazed paddocks an opportunity to recover. 

• Making it look tidy. Many landowners who slash are really cutting the grass just to make it look tidy. They justify slashing by saying it puts mulch back into the soil. However, if the grass was left standing it would provide more habitat and protection for a variety of fauna that ultimately carry out the mulching as a natural process. A short pasture may look tidy, but it makes the soil more susceptible to evaporation and runoff than under natural pasture.

• Controlling blady grass. This grass is unpalatable so it is often slashed to allow other, more palatable, grasses to grow. For effective management of blady grass in pasture, the patches need to be slashed for a number of years as well as being fertilised and seeded with legumes.

Other tips for slashing and pasture management:

• Slashing by itself will not change long-term pasture composition. Burning native pastures, if managed carefully at the correct time of the year, will be more effective in favouring the germination and establishment of desirable pasture species. Grazing management can also change pasture composition.

• A bulky, low quality pasture can be slashed and baled, with the bales being used to rehabilitate bare or eroded areas on the property.

• Regularly sharpening the slasher blades will dramatically reduce the fuel used and time taken to cut an area. This is particularly apparent when slashing weedy grasses such as African lovegrass or giant rats tail grass.

• After slashing, always use a broom or compressed air to clean off the slasher deck so that weed seeds are not carried into clean areas. Preferably slash before weeds go to seed.

Slashing can be a valuable tool in pasture management in some situations, but use it for a good reason. In most situations, using stock to do the job will be far cheaper and less time consuming than slashing. Smaller paddocks marked out by electric fences provide better pasture management options than slashing. 

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