What this year’s weather means for your planting projects

Weather events across the country have made revegetation planting a little more difficult than usual. Research suggests that this winter has been one of the wettest in many parts of Australia in recent years, and there is still above-average rain on the way for spring and summer.

Fluted guards trapped in creekbank reeds

A silver lining
While we cannot ignore the seriousness of the upcoming rains, it isn’t all doom and gloom. These events provide opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise exist without a third La Niña – a silver lining to the expected clouds on the horizon.

Increased overall moisture levels mean the potential for improved survival rates for new plantings in drier zones. In addition, a wetter summer means an extension of the spring planting season and, potentially, an earlier start to the 2023 planting season.

Revisit parked projects
Now is the time to reconsider projects postponed in past years when sites were too dry to plant during drought. Utilising the upcoming wet weather to establish healthy plants in these areas – and get their roots down before we cycle back into the drier summers of later years – is worthy of consideration.

Consider biodegradable guards
Plantings in zones with the potential to be flooded, such as riverbanks and catchment areas, make it more necessary to utilise biodegradable tree guard options. Biodegradable guards can be left onsite to break down, reducing collection and recycling costs.

Tree guards such as our Mallee BioGuard Tree Guards lessen the risk of polluting waterways and contributing to additional ecological problems in an environment already impacted by La Niña.