Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

It’s planting season! Understorey enhancement underway…

Posted on 17 July, 2018 by Tanya Loos

It is the height of winter, and the peak planting season is drawing to a close. We’re very happy to be distributing plants to landholders participating in our on-ground works projects. The plants pictured below are a range of native understorey plants that will add diversity and habitat quality to existing remnant vegetation.

Landholders involved in our ‘Prickly Plants for Wildlife’ project are planting their own plants. Landholders from our ‘Woodland Bird Habitat’, ‘Remnant Rescue’ or ‘Biodiversity On-ground Action’ projects are receiving assistance from the Dja Dja Wurrung works crew,  known as Djandak. These projects are made possible by funding from the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the North Central Catchment Management Authority.

Young plants need protection while they get established. Previously we used milk carton guards and bamboo stakes in our planting programs. Now we use coreflute guards and hardwood stakes, as these provide more protection against grazing wallabies, and are less likely to get knocked over by commuting kangaroos.

The Little Habitat Heroes planting site on Mount Alexander, by the old silkworm farm. Coreflute guards and stakes have worked very well on this site, resulting in high rates of plant survival.

Connecting Country is always looking for landholders interested in protecting native vegetation and wildlife habitat on their properties. Check out the on-ground works section of our website for more information, and to download an Expression of Interest form.

12 responses to “It’s planting season! Understorey enhancement underway…”

  1. Rohan Sinclair says:

    Can you give me the names of the plants?
    I am planting understory, Corias, local needle wood hakeas to protect the lower plants but would like local understory to grow for the little birds.
    Thanks Rohan

  2. Phil Edwards says:

    I have cleared a 7 acre lot that was covered in gorse, blackberry and spiny rush and the land has been reshaped and ploughed .
    Should I revegetate now? Or wait for weed regrowth, spray and plant next winter?

  3. John Carruthers says:

    Well done Tanya + Bonnie. Your education on the importance of understorey and resulting projects is making a difference and establishing a legacy.

  4. Louis says:

    Can you please tell me the names of the plants in your picture and where is the best place to get the plant guards in bulk.

    • Tanya Loos says:

      Hi Louis, I will pass on your enquiry to Bonnie, our botanist. Thanks, Tanya

      • Kirsten Hopper says:

        Hi Tanya,
        I’m also really interested in planting out indigenous understory plants on my property, but don’t meet project requirements for funding support. Could you please pass my details to the botanist for a list of plants for the region that I can put in, I’d really appreciate it as I’m prepping and planning now to get planting for next winter.

  5. Chris says:

    Very excited to see that you are working with the Dja Dja Wurrung works crew and have given up on those cardboard guards! Two excellent initiatives.

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