In the past, Australia's companies, universities or homeowners with large landholdings tended to take simple land management options. Uprooting trees and shrubs to replace them with pristine lawns, flattening hollows and hills, and taming watercourses resulted in outdoor spaces that were bland but easy to maintain. However, the Australian attitude towards land management is rapidly shifting.
Forward-thinking land owners are exploring how to create attractive landscapes that don't eradicate wild elements. Lawns and large paved areas are falling out of fashion as land managers are seeking ways to promote biodiversity on their properties. At very little extra cost, companies and public bodies can protect endangered species like bell frogs or purple copper butterflies, with benefits for nature and their reputation at the same time.
The future of gardens and groundskeeping lies in bush regeneration that repairs the damage done to nature. Here's how a skilled bush regeneration team will rejuvenate your land.
Nurture Native Plants and Eradicate Invasive Weeds
Australia possesses around 20,000 native plants, but European settlement has pitted them in merciless struggle against invasive crops and weeds. At least 20 new foreign weed species arrive every year, relentlessly pushing into the native bush. State governments have started to formulate policies to counteract noxious weeds, offering information to property owners, but it's really down to land owners themselves to enlist bush regenerators to purge the worst offenders.
Bring in Expert Skills to Teach Weed Eradication Methods
Removing weeds isn't a matter of wielding a strimmer or scythe. Skilled bush regenerators will advise about how to clear weeds, how to organise volunteers and how quickly to clear your land. You might be surprised by the range of different removal techniques. For example, in some cases herbicide has to be "painted" onto the leaves of weeds. In others, staff need to cut out the root balls with a boning knife, while in still other cases herbicide must be injected into the stems of large, woody plants to kill them in situ before removal.
Prevent Contamination and Stay Safe
Skilled regenerators are able to use herbicides safely, without damaging native plants or contaminating watercourses. This means applying herbicide only on dry days where rainfall won't wash chemicals into streams and soil. It also means using herbicides that bind to soil, instead of diffusing through the soil. Professional bush restorers can also apply anti-weed chemicals safely, using the right protective clothing.
Plant Native Seeds and Allow Them to Thrive
The whole point of removing invasive weeds is to create a space for native Aussie grasses and shrubs to take root, creating a congenial environment that native amphibians, insects, birds and larger land animals. Expert horticulturalists can supply seedlings and plan planting schedules to allow native plants to take root.
If you need any more persuasion, head over to nearby botanical gardens or bush regeneration projects in your area and you will see the difference between healthy Australian bush environments and the ecologically devastated areas around Australia's urban fringes. For those who want to play a role in restoring this natural vitality, there's no better way to do so than by bringing in bush regeneration professionals.