Fencing One of the most important aspects of site preparation is fencing off the area to manage stock and native animal grazing. Fencing needs to be effective to make the financial investment worthwhile. The type of fencing will be determined by the situation and the type of animals to be excluded. Hills require different fencing to rivers, and cattle need different fencing to sheep. You will probably be in the best position to know what type of fencing best suits your property.
If you need advice on fencing contact your local Landcare or Bushcare officer, Greening Australia, commercial fencing companies, or ask your neighbours. Electric fencing may be a cheaper alternative in areas where you do not require a permanent fence or rabbit proofing. However, they do involve regular maintenance. You can use electric fencing while regenerating a patch of bush or around paddock trees and remove it when the seedlings and saplings are old enough to survive stock grazing.
Prepare site Site preparation increases the success of direct seeding and planting projects. It prepares a favorable niche for sowing and provides an environment that promotes root growth. When considering site preparation a number of factors need to be considered, including soil type, climate, topography, weeds and fencing.
Weed control is one of the most critical aspects of site preparation. Competition from weeds reduces the survival and growth of native species. Weed control is usually achieved through the application of herbicides, mulching of the site, or through mechanical or manual removal. Deep ripping of sites may be beneficial to improve drainage.
Find out from someone in your area or from Greening Australia what methods of ripping have been successful on your soil type. For example, deep or shallow, what spacing between the rip lines, what type of machinery to use, etc? Sandy soils derived from sandstone and windblown sands do not require deep ripping as they are well drained.