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Strewth it's pretty spewy out there!
Originally published in 2009

Isn't it amazing what some serious rain can do for improving your outlook on life!! It has also improved the outlook for successful tree planting. A few weeks ago I wrote an article about getting those trees in the ground soon before the soil dries out. Well you can sit back and relax a little bit longer now. With the recent rains the topsoil is saturated and, even better, the subsoil is too. In fact, a local Boonah farmer described their ground as spewy the other day. Strewth, I hadn't heard that most scientific of terms for years! And when the subsoil is spewy, it will take a lot more time for the complete soil profile to dry out and stress out the young tree seedlings come this summer.
In short, if you've been putting off planting trees because of the dry, well hesitate no longer. You need 3-4 weeks in between spraying spots and tree planting for the herbicide to work (especially if you are using a residual such as simazine) so dust off those gumboots and get on out there!

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