Bush regeneration, or restoring a bushy area from harmful weeds and other damage to an area that thrives with native and healthy plants, is often needed in areas of construction or neglected plots of land. If the land has been cleared for new buildings or has seen an overgrowth of harmful weeds, regeneration may be needed.
Non-native weeds and plants that choke out the soil by removing too much moisture may need to be removed so that native plants can thrive. Note a few of the best techniques to use for effective bush regeneration.
1. Keeping some weeds
While removing weeds is often part of bush regeneration, it's never a good idea to simply remove all weeds and plants in an area that are non-native; this is because some weeds may be good for native vegetation as they may provide shade, healthy insect support, and the like.
You may also make the mistake of over-clearing the area by removing too many weeds, and in turn, the area suffers from soil erosion. The roots of certain weeds may also keep moisture in the soil, and this can benefit other vegetation and growth.
Being selective about weed removal and only removing a few at a time can actually protect the soil more than simply removing all non-native weeds at once.
2. Avoiding soil disturbance
Hand weeding and spot spraying are also good techniques when it comes to weed removal, as these will mean less soil disturbance overall. Slashing can also be used to stop the spread of weeds without disturbing the soil. This refers to cutting off the weeds at their base so that their growth is stunted, but they're not completely removed from the soil.
3. Start from the native plants then work towards the weeds
To allow native plants to regenerate and thrive, it's necessary to start from a front of native plants and then work toward a thicker area of weeds. It's a common mistake to start removing weeds where they grow the thickest, perhaps reasoning that this will get all the damaging weeds out as quickly as possible. In truth, this will only allow for more weed growth in that area.
For healthy regeneration, start from the best quality bushland or area of healthy, native plants and then work towards the weeds. This will allow for more growth of the native plants in the area of the weeds you've removed, and the bushland can then safely regenerate itself.Share
28 January 2018
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