Gardening Australia workshops to teach residents and help rivers

Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne.
Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne.

JOSH Byrne is encouraging people to adopt environmentally friendly tactics in their gardens to help the Swan and Canning rivers.

The ABC TV Gardening Australia presenter is hosting a series of workshops around Perth during the next few weeks including South Perth.

“The essence of the presentations is to help people achieve attractive gardens and reducing the amount of fertiliser going into the Swan and Canning river system,” he said.

“I want to help people create the gardens that they are after through landscaping and remodelling.

“One of my best tips, which may seem silly that it’s so simple, is pay attention to the directors on the fertiliser package and not over fertilise or use it at the wrong times.”

Byrne said the Swan and Canning river system was in decent health but the public could do more to help it.

“When you look at the river system and consider it’s next to a major capital city, it’s in pretty good shape but there are signs of stress,” he said.

“Studies have shown there are twice as many nutrients in the river compared to what it should take and this could lead to algae blooms, fishing dying and odours.

“I think attitudes are changing and people are thinking about what impact they are having on the rivers.”

What you need to know:

What: Your Garden with Josh Byrne

When: 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Where: Collins Street Centre, South Perth