We often hear from people who are keen to get a planting plan going on their property, but just aren’t sure where to start.
If you’re not sure what to plant where, we are happy to help so you can get the best possible results with your revegetation plans.
Here are 7 questions that will really help us make the best recommendations for your patch:
- What is your goal with this planting? For example: biodiversity restoration, stock feed, managing salinity, infill plantings, windbreak, creek line restoration, landscaping, driveway trees, or a combination of several of these (which it usually is).
- Where is the planting site? A pin on Google Earth / Google Maps is super helpful for us to assist with plant selection. We need to know where you are so we can get the right plants that we know will survive in your area. Make sure we have important reference points like roads and towns so we can actually FIND your site. We look at it using satellite imagery so we can better understand it. If we can’t find it, we can be less helpful!
- What is the area in hectares, or length in kilometers, of the revegetation site? A farm map (even a hand drawn mud map) with the areas you’d like to plant highlighted are really helpful. We typically recommend 1200 stems / ha or per linear km for bare areas, less for infill or with existing revegetation, so the area will help us determine how many plants to recommend and help come up with a list that is not just the right varieties, but the right quantities as well.
- What soil type are you planting into? For example, sand, sand over clay, loamy, grey cracking clay, gravel, and so on. Also, it’s good to know if the area is salty, waterlogged or well draining. And don’t forget to start your site prep now, while it’s dry, particularly in salty, waterlogged or heavy soils!
- What is the landscape position of the planting site? For example, is the site a hilltop, mid-slope, or valley floor?
- Is there existing vegetation, and if so, what kind (if you know)? Of course, if something is already growing in the area, those species are generally a good fit for the region, and will act as a guide for what else would thrive in the area. Not everyone knows what plants are what, but a couple of photos may be excellent indicators for us to look at.
- What is your budget, and/or number of stems you’re aiming for? We know that you have a huge to do list, and you may not be able to realistically do a complete farm planting in a single season, so we may need to scale back the planting plan for the season, and stage it out over several years. Knowing what is realistic for you helps us set a realistic species list for you.
Based on this information, we will come up with a mix of plants and email through recommendations to you.
This is a sample google map of an area to be revegetated. A pin drop with a shared link would be even better! Having the satellite image layer turned on is helpful for looking at the natural features in the area.
Notice, however, that this map doesn’t include roads and landmarks, so will be hard for us to find without more information. Be sure to go through the questions and give us as much detail as you can.
A sample of a photo showing the typical vegetation around a proposed planting site. These images can really offer us a helping hand, especially if you’re not fully abreast of your plant species.
If you would like some assistance with your planting plan, get in touch with Amy via email firstname.lastname@example.org with as many of the questions answered above as you are able. The more information you are able to provide, the more quickly we will be able to assist.
Also keep in mind that putting together a recommended planting list may take a little time, as each site is unique, and will get trickier as our stock levels reduce. Give us at least a week to get back to you in most cases.
If you’re already ready to order, click on the links on our Nursery page to download an order form, and send in to Amy email@example.com.
We are starting to sell out of many popular varieties, so please order soon to avoid disappointment.
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