In part 1, we covered the planning of plant selection, weed control and the planting or seeding process. In the second part of this post, we focus on three more planning stages to consider when developing your revegetation project plan, namely fertilisation, tree protection and site maintenance.
Image: Taking a soil sample for nutritional analysis. Common macronutrients analysed include compounds of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur.
Bush Tucker is a popular thing, and our native animals and livestock are in on the trend! Whether native to Australia, introduced as stock or invasive pests, all sorts of animals will enjoy grazing on your young, tender seedlings. Therefore, protection for your new seedlings is critical. The type of protection you need depends on the kind of grazing that is likely to occur.
At least one year before planting, begin to monitor the site for potential threats. Then, use the information you gather to create a pre-planting pest control program and incorporate this into your revegetation plan. When you know which invasive pests are a threat, you can determine the type of physical protection you’ll need for any animals still present after control.
Like with any ‘garden’, a reconstructive revegetation project requires ongoing maintenance. Factor in two to three years for continuing care into your project timeline. Things such as regular watering, weed control and pest management need consideration to ensure the project has the best chance of meeting its objectives.
Australia consists of multiple natural resource management regions. Each region has organisations staffed with people familiar with the revegetation process, who can help with species selection, weed control advice and even funding applications. They can also inform you of local planning regulations if any apply to your project. The link below provides an interactive map to help you discover which board can support you.
Image: NRM Regions is a collective of 54 NRM organisations from all over Australia (click on image to visit the NRM Regions Australia website)