Understanding the Terminology of Bush Regeneration

Posted on: 21 April 2016

Bush regeneration refers to regenerating a natural area by introducing native plants and wildlife back into a space that has been damaged or otherwise compromised. This regeneration process can better protect soil and reduce the risk of soil erosion, and it can also create a space that is more welcoming to visitors. If you need bush regeneration done in a particular area, note a few terms and phrases you might learn so that you better understand what is involved and how this regeneration process takes place.

1. Habitat fragmentation

This term refers to the destruction of natural habitats that are needed to support native animal species. When a habitat is fragmented, bush regeneration may be necessary; if an area of land has been compromised so that it can be developed or because of pollution, waste runoff and the like, this can result in habitat fragmentation. Certain animal species are needed to support native plants and vegetation, so correcting this habitat fragmentation is one important part of bush regeneration.

2. The 3 R's of bush regeneration

You may often hear of the 3 R's of bush regeneration; this refers to retaining healthy plants and vegetation that are needed in an area, regenerating the area by removing threatening weeds and invasive species and replanting vegetation and plants that are needed to keep the area healthy. Each of these is important in successful bush regeneration; this process doesn't involve just clearing a plot of land entirely and then planting new vegetation; rather, it includes picking and choosing plants to retain and working slowly to remove invasive weeds to avoid soil erosion and further damage to the land.

3. Colonization

When native plants are reintroduced to an area, they need time to colonize, or to take root, and then be able to thrive and grow additional shoots. This is an important part of bush regeneration, as native plants need to grow healthy and strong in order to protect the soil. However, colonization cannot happen too quickly and weeds and unwanted vegetation cannot be removed until native plants can easily colonize. Removing those weeds too quickly can remove necessary moisture from the soil and may also allow for too much direct sunlight to shine on delicate native plants. When planning bush regeneration, you need to understand how the process of colonization works for native plants and ensure you're allowing the process to happen naturally for the best overall results.  

Talk to a company like EcoHort Pty Ltd for more information on bush regeneration.