Journal article

Should I plant or should I sow? Restoration outcomes compared across seven riparian revegetation projects

Joe Greet, Fiona Ede, Dan Robertson, Scott McKendrick



To revegetate native plant communities, it is often cheaper to direct seed than to plant nursery-grown stock. However, the outcomes of direct seeding can be quite variable, and it is unclear whether direct seeding or planting is more likely to facilitate the restoration of diverse plant communities. To address this question, we compared the outcomes of each method across several recent riparian revegetation projects where both direct seeding and tube-stock planting were used. We surveyed riparian revegetation projects at seven sites within the greater Melbourne area that had been revegetated between 1 and 4 years previously. Sites were all on land previously used for agriculture or degraded ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the assistance of Melbourne Water staff in providing access to sites and details of the management of the revegetation projects. We also thank Gen Hehir, Rob Dabal, Fern Yong, Sarah Fischer, Harry Coleman, Jasmine Thom and Tony Lovell for their help with field surveys. This research was funded by Melbourne Water through the Melbourne Waterways Research Practice Partnership.