As required by council, casuarinas line our northern boundary with the railway line, to reduce spray drift to the one goods train that passes each morning, our neighbours’ stock and our neighbours.
At leaf burst we spray copper weakly weekly for blight. Blight is a bacteria, like pseudomonas, that attacks when circumstances suit – warming, humid spring days. To date, we are winning.
For most of the year, Casuarinas have nothing to screen. In Spring, depending on the wind direction, they block. Luckily they require no care and do not impede tractors turning at the ends of rows. Horizontal lower tree lines show that sheep find them tasty.