Restoring native grassy communities
The most important factors in successfully restoring native woodlands and grassy woodlands include:
1 - Access to the required amounts and quality of seed
Because wild collections are often unable to supply large volumes of seed, small amounts of wild seed can be cultivated and grown as seed crops to produce enough seed for restoration.
2 - Reducing weed competition to sown natives
Australian plants have evolved on lower nutrient soils and so can be at a disadvantage to weeds in fertilised locations used for agriculture. Top soil stripping (where a shallow slice of topsoil is removed) enables the remaining surface to be successfully sown with native seed.
3 - Appropriate knowledge and technology
Much applied research has been conducted in recent decades to shed light on the most effective methods and approaches.