Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation
December 13, 2014 OTSP

Site preparation

Cape Life puts a lot of time into ensuring native seedlings have the best possible chance of survival right from the start and use a variety of methods depending on the site and requirement. This includes ripping, scarification, mounding, weed control and mulching depending on soil types and site conditions. We can also install exclusion fencing if necessary.

Direct seeding

Because we collect, process and store local native seed it’s a simple step for us to incorporate direct seeding into our on-ground projects. Direct seeding is being used more often due to the advantages of lower establishment costs, a natural look, diverse structure and healthier plants when established. Where possible we incorporate direct seeding with other revegetation methods, including tube-stock planting, trans-location and natural regeneration.

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Tube-stock planting

We use a variety of methods and equipment for planting seedlings including Pottiputki’s, augers and manual digging. We carefully evaluate the soil type and conditions for each site before planting and ensure each seedling is given the best possible chance of survival when planted. Where required we will include soil amendments, mulch and tree guards to increase seedling survival. At Cape Life we plant our trees with care and wherever possible recommend a staged monitoring and maintenance program until they are established.

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Coastal rehabilitation

We have specialist knowledge and experience with rehabilitating dune blowouts. This includes coordinating earthworks to rebuild and reshape dunes, sourcing, collecting, transporting and laying brush, planting coastal dune species and installing fencing to exclude/formalise access. With over 50 years combined experience on coastal rehabilitation projects Cape Life has developed tried and tested methods and techniques to successfully stabilise and revegetate dune blowouts across several sites in the South West region, including the Capes region, Myalup, Binningup and Mindalong.

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Maintenance

We are very keen to see our projects succeed and we do this by providing a full schedule that outlines the activities and timing for the maintenance program. Follow up visits may include weed control via brush cutting, spraying and manual removal, repairing tree-guards and watering.

It doesn’t take much but those visits often make all the difference. A component of this maintenance service can also include infill planting where required during the following one or two seasons in order to gain a complete vegetation coverage.

Reporting and Monitoring

Cape Life understands the reporting requirements for local governments, agencies, Catchment Organisations, developers and mining companies. Therefore, we can incorporate a monitoring and reporting component to any on-ground project. This can include photo monitoring, survival counts, growth rates and recording data.

We compile activity reports during each stage of a rehabilitation project and can provide final reports and future recommendations at the completion of contracts.