The keys to stopping erosion, establishing vegetation and protecting waterways.
To successfully rehabilitate land it is important to follow tried and tested methods. Here are 5 steps to set you up for success:
- Understand your local environment and constraints. Are your soils dispersive, saline, acidic or low in nutrients? Representative samples need to be collected and analysed in order to determine this. 360 Environmental can do this and provide you with the correct advice to remediate your site’s specific problems.
- Select the appropriate plant species. As part of your project’s approval, often you will need to return native vegetation species. Sometimes you will need to return a vegetated cover to stop erosion. If soil conditions are hostile you might remediate or improve the soil, or select resilient plant species such as salt tolerant ones. Our botanists and rehabilitation practitioners can provide you with specific recommendations for your site.
- Do the correct groundwork. If your site is prone to erosion, choose the correct erosion control material or design protection around your site – experts like PGG Wrightson can assist with this, as improving the soil requires selecting the right products.
- Install your soil improver, erosion control, seeds and plants properly. Make sure your contractors or ground staff do not blast tubestock out of the ground with high pressure water – a very common mistake. Ensure your erosion control is properly installed and always ask an expert if you are unsure what the ‘right’ way to do something is.
- Inspect and maintain. Unfortunately even with the best of intentions, tubestock will die, some seeds might not germinate and your erosion control might need some maintenance until the vegetation has grown in properly. It is important to do regular inspections to fix these problems as they arise. The longer you leave these issues the more difficult they might become to remediate.
The best form of erosion control and vegetation protection is to not clear it in the first place. However if you have to clear, it is essential to plan and prepare properly to control erosion by returning vegetation.