I live in north Auckland, and bit off a lot more then I can chew in terms of a rural block. Because of its prickliness, density and label as a weed, I formed a negative opinion of Gorse - which grows on the back of my lifestyle block (lifestyle block = small holding) - mainly near the stream and far side of my property - unsurprisingly the difficult area to reach.
I have clay soil.
I recently drove down to Wellington and the Wairarapa and noticed that (a) Gorse is everywhere and (b) It is actually quite pretty in bloom. This has got me thinking if I should be re-evaluating my opinion of it, and if so what values it brings
- Should I be considering Gorse as a weed or a beneficial plant - if the
latter, what benefits does it provide ?
- Is there a natural way of displacing gorse without spraying it with weed killer or hurting myself in the process? What can I displace it with?
- Is my tentative observation that Gorse does not really take hold in a mowed area, or in areas with other dense weeds/grasses. Is this an accurate perception?