Tips for a Successful Revegetation Project
An area of vegetation may become damaged by a natural cause such as bushfire or erosion and be unable to repair itself, the delicate balance of an ecosystem can be thrown off and require strategic assistance to recover.
If you are about to undertake a revegetation project, the best first step is to assess your area and establish clear objectives that will lead to successful revegetation.
Start by determining the plant life that is native to your area, and the conditions needed for those species to thrive. If unsure, speak to your local council, nursery or landscape supplies in Sydney for a professional opinion.
1. Start by removing rubbish and weeds from the site. Where possible rake site smooth.
2. If you are expecting the site to regenerate through native seeds being deposited on site by nearby plants / birds or wind, prepare the site by covering the area with Jute Soil Saver mesh available at Landscape Supplies. The natural open mesh structure of Jute Soil Saver Mesh will trap native seeds allowing them to establish a foothold on the site. Jute mesh will also reduce erosion caused by rain.
3. If planting tube stock is being undertaken to revegetate the site, cover with Slitted Jute Matting. Jute matting has 5 slits per square metre where you can position tube stock into the soil. Spray the Jute mating with water so it affixes to the ground, Jute will also give the added benefit of supressing weed growth. For video instruction on installation click on this line – https://www.allstakesupply.com.au/Resources/Installation-Videos.
4. Both Jute matting and Jute Soil Saver Mesh require securing to the ground using metal pins approximately 2 per square metre. Water the plants in well and if soil is deficient in nutrients add in a native fertiliser or Terraform Plant Establisher to give the small plants the best chance of survival.
The goal for your revegetation program is to create a self-sustainable native site. Although this goal may take several years, it is best achieved with strategic site preparation; such as weeding prior to planting, use of jute matting and planting a mixture of quick and slow growing plants to help fight erosion.
Plan for Sustainable Vegetation
If your site has been damaged, you may need to consider what protection your new plants will require. Vegetation will be more vulnerable while the area is recovering and you may need to invest in supplies such as tree guards, shade cloth, or weed mats to protect the native species during revegetation. Speak to your local store providing landscape supplies within Sydney for advice on the best equipment for your project.