So, you’re thinking about or have embarked on a revegetation project on your property? Congratulations! Taking the time and effort to replace or restore native vegetation is one of the most effective things you can do to look after the health of your soil and waterways and support our precious native birds, animals and insects.
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Some revegetation projects are so large they require support from a contractor. But for smaller projects, such as planting some paddock trees, creating a shelterbelt/windbreak, protecting a patch of native veg on your property or replanting a creekline, it’s quite straight forward to do it yourself.
The success of your project will be greatly enhanced if you follow these four principles:
- PLANT PROMPTLY. After you purchase tubestock, it’s important to get them in the ground as soon as possible. In such small pots, the plants dry out quickly and lose vigour.
- PROTECT FROM PREDATORS. Your newly planted seedlings offer a tender delicious snack to rabbits, kangaroos, stock and other browsing animals so they need protection from the get go. In planning your revegetation project, look at how you will project plants both in the short term as tiny seedlings, and in the longer term as young trees and shrubs.
- WATER WELL. Although your seedlings are native, they’ll still need watering in their early life, especially over summer. When planning where your reveg will be located, ask yourself how you will water your plants.
- CONTROL WEEDS EARLY. Exotic grasses and weeds can quickly overwhelm young plants. A few years’ later, if the blackberry or gorse take over, they can smother your reveg efforts.
Best of luck with your revegetation project! For free expert advice on your revegetation project, phone us on 8391 7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org