Bush regeneration is also called natural area restoration. The aim of restoring natural bushes is to maintain the ecosystem in its most natural state by encouraging the growth of indigenous plants and removing invasive plants. Essentially, you reduce the interaction between native and invasive plants, making the natives dominant until they can take over the land. This may seem simple but it is common to make a few mistakes when regenerating your bush. Here are some of the things you might get wrong:
Going for the Wrong Plants
The essence of bush regeneration is to restore the natural plants that once grew in an area. The first mistake you might make, therefore, is choosing plants that are not suited to the area in terms of origin. You might want to go for plants that appeal to the eye, benefit your livestock or make commercial sense. As long as you are not going for something that is native to the area, then your bush regeneration strategy is bound to fail. Invasive plants will have an easy time dominating and suppressing non-native plants. To avoid this, bring in a specialist to assess the overall condition of the soil and determine the kind of native plants you can go for.
Failing to Deal with Erosion
Soil erosion is one of the primary reasons land goes bare. Wind and running water attack loose topsoil particles and carry them away, leaving bare rock and hardpans. Even if you plant native flora and water them, you will not be able to get back your vegetation if the soil is eroded. First, restore the barren soil using soil restoration measures and then bring in your bush regeneration strategy. Secondly, institute measures to deal with erosion by building retainer walls on the sides of the walls so that the land can retain moisture. You can also mix the soil with suitable additives to enhance moisture retention and limit soil erosion. Once you have dealt with erosion, bush regeneration can follow successfully.
Failing to Provide Shade to the Soil
Another mistake you are likely to make is failing to "cover" the soil. Don't be afraid to add a few trees to the native vegetation you are trying to regenerate. Trees bind the soil together and mitigate soil erosion. They also produce dead leaves and twigs, which fall onto the soil and cover it. Lastly, they create a shade over the soil and prevent direct sunlight from hitting the soil surface. All these things prevent dehydration of the soil and encourage bush regeneration.Share