How To Stop Your Natural Bushland From Being Overrun By Foreign Plants

Posted on: 31 July 2020

Australia has beautiful native flora and fauna that are not found anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately, because of this unique isolation that Australian plants had from the rest of the world, when weeds from overseas accidentally get brought into the country, the native plants here have no natural protection against it. That is why you might see native bushland slowly being infected by weeds and the bushland getting overrun with ugly creepers and long weeds. If you want to stop your property from turning into a hive for invading weeds and other non-native plants then there is one solution: bush regeneration.

What Is Bush Regeneration?

Bush regeneration is a service offered by many community groups and agricultural companies that works to combat the spread of invasive species in Australia. There are many ways to do this including:

  • Manual removal of weeds and obvious intruding species.
  • Application of protective (but non-harmful) chemicals to stop the spread.
  • Stem scraping to stop weeds climbing up trees.
  • Strategic backburning (although this is rarer and usually carried out by the council)

All of these together, as well as several other more niche approaches, form the basis of what bush regeneration is and how it can help you take back your garden from the weeds ensnaring it.

How Do You Know If Your Garden Is Being Taken Over By Foreign Weeds?

To the untrained eye it might seem as though there is nothing actually wrong in your garden while in fact, a war might be raging right in front of you. The best way to be sure of whether you do have a lot of invasive species or not is to simply ask an expert opinion. Get someone involved in bush regeneration to come and take a look at your property. You may be surprised at just how many non-native florae you have, and if you don't act fast, it might be all you have in a few years.

How Long Does It Take?

Bush regeneration is an ongoing process that's length varies from property to property. However, there is one universal truth when it comes to bush regeneration: the quicker you act, the sooner you can get in control of the problem. If you only have weeds taking over the bottom layer of the ecosystem, then you might be able to clear them in a few days. If the invasive plants have entwined themselves with your larger trees and already started suffocating them of nutrients and resources, then it will take longer to clear them out. 


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