BASIC REVEGETATION ADVICE
Revegetation with indigenous flora in the YYLN region is a great way forward
Benefits of Revegetation Using Indigenous Species.
The reasons for Revegetating your property and planting indigenous species to achieve this are many. The following outlines some of these.
Why use Indigenous Plants
The planting of shelter belts on your property offers;
Natural Pest Control
The provision of trees and understory provides a natural habitat for birds, bats and other insect eating animals. These birds and animals will feed daily on adjacent pastures maintaining control of pasture destroying insects resulting in healthier and more prolific pastures and crops. They are natures natural pest controllers.
The rate of movement of fires across open paddocks is dependant upon wind speed. With the correct location of shelter belts wind speeds can be reduced by up to 60% hence slowing the rate of progress of a grass fire allowing them to be controlled more easily and more quickly.
Erosion and Water Quality
Revegetation in gulleys and along the banks of waterways prevents erosion and loss of soils into the river systems. This in turn results in better water quality being available from creeks, rivers and dams.
The planting of native plants can also lower the water table reducing the chance of salinity problems in the soil.
Firewood and Timber
Selective felling and removal of fallen trees from revegetated areas can provide suitable firewood and timber for fencing and building.
The sight of a stand of trees populated with native birds and animals can be a much more interesting outlook than an empty paddock of grass.
Of the estimated 20,000 species of vascular plants found in Australia, 16,000 are found nowhere else in the world