Replanting is a last resort in bushland

You should only start a revegetation project if the ecosystem is too damaged to respond naturally. Remember, the bush is adapted to recover from fires, but it just may take a bit longer than you would have hoped.

Bushfires usually trigger a mass germination of the soil seedbank, including seeds that have been dormant for many years. The potential for "lost" species to return in this mass germination is very exciting. These naturally regenerating plants are more suited to local environmental conditions and have a higher likelihood of survival in the long term than replanted seedlings.

If you are not seeing any evidence of natural regeneration, then we would suggest replanting as a last resort. This may be the case if the fire that burnt your property was so intense that it destroyed the seed bank or if the bushland was in a poor condition before the fire.

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