Happy New Year from all of us at NACC NRM! We are wondering if you are ready to undertake a revegetation project. If you are, there are a few things to consider to ensure your future project reaches maximum success.
So, where to start? Let’s break down some of the initial project planning processes.
Mapping! Map your site to identify areas of interest as well as areas of concern. Include the remnant vegetation areas and note the natural vegetation types on your site. This can be a useful reference for your species planting guide later on. Your aim may be to extend or protect the remnant vegetation; therefore, knowing its boundaries is essential. A quick online search of the Aboriginal Heritage Inquiry System will help to identify any registered areas of cultural significance and if required start the consultation process with the sites knowledge holders. Identify pests and weeds on your map this will help to target these areas for site preparation in the coming months. Include manmade structures such as fence lines, watering points, roads and tracks.
Pest and weed management! Plan ahead! Identify the species of pests and weeds you’ll be tackling and find out the best time of year to target these. Talking to your local Natural Resource Management officer, biosecurity officer, neighbours, friends of group, and your local rural supply stockists for advice on what methods they have found to be most successful is a great place to start. A targeted, multifaceted approach is the key to pest and weed control.
Labour and contractors! Book the contractors you need well ahead of time. Fencing and spraying contractors have busy schedules during the control season so lock them in early. If you are fencing your site, talk to your local contractor and aim to have it in place before revegetation to stop stock or other unwanted herbivores grazing off your fresh new seedlings.
Order your seedlings! Get in early. Nursery staff need time to collect seeds, germinate and grow your beautiful new seedlings. Please note that most nurseries require orders to be in before the Christmas break the year prior to planting.
Get Planting! If you are planting yourself or using a contractor you need to be watching the weather, just like cropping that first break of the season is essential to provide subsoil moisture, and given our short winter season and warmer conditions in the NAR, June is often your target. Your revegetation landscape position and soils always play a variable in timing, consider your higher, exposed, or lighter soils first, with your heavier soils or waterlogged areas at the end of the planting.
Talk to your local experts and we look forward to plenty more vegetation in the ground for 2023.