Restoring and enhancing the vegetation in Nillumbik is important because the vegetation provides habitat for many species and it has its own intrinsic worth. Restoring vegetation involves promoting natural regeneration of indigenous plant species and revegetation with useful habitat plants to enhance the diversity of habitats available to local wildlife on both public and private land. Some areas of vegetation in Nillumbik do not need revegetating and they can be enhanced by fencing and weed control to support regeneration. Other areas, particularly those that have been cleared, are suitable for revegetation. This fact sheet provides helpful tips for revegetation projects.
Select the appropriate restoration technique The right method for you to restore or revegetate your land depends on the characteristics of your site and the quality of vegetation already present. Seek advice from Council or a suitably qualified environmental consultant about species selection and techniques. Alternatively, your local Landcare group may provide some guidance.
Good site preparation is critical if you wish to revegetate your rural property successfully, regardless of whether you plan to seed the site directly or plant out an area. The basic goal of site preparation is to provide new plants with good growing conditions in the establishment phase, within the site constraints. There are several site conditions to consider: existing vegetation, salinity, soil fertility, slope, whether there is access for machinery, design of the planting, whether or not herbicides are an option, and cost. The planting site should be prepared in advance to ensure the right techniques can be implemented at the right time
Understand the condition of your soil Be aware of your site’s history; whether the site has been cut, filled or compacted, or there are erosion problems that require correction before planting.
Salinity may have a significant impact in many areas of Nillumbik. All of these issues will influence the type of site preparation required. Your local Landcare Group can help you with advice regarding the history and condition of your soil.
Control weeds on your site Weed control is usually the most important aspect of site preparation. Weeds are a major threat to existing remnant vegetation and the success of any revegetation project. They compete with establishing plants for light, nutrients and water and can significantly reduce the growth of the desired plant. It is necessary to control weeds around the new plants for at least 12 months after planting and ideally for the first two years.