The three focal crops for this plant selector are apple, canola and lucerne because of their pollinator dependency. By selecting the agricultural region and choosing the best type of pollination planting for your site, a list of plants will be generated which is refined by the additional ecosystem services they can provide. Although the selector is themed towards the stated agricultural crops, the fundamental logic behind this guide can suitably be used for alternative agriculture/crops within the same locality.
The regional areas associated with this agriculture are the southern Mount Lofty ranges, Northern Yorke Peninsula, Southern Yorke Peninsula Eyre Peninsula, and the South East.
What is your agricultural setting?
Available land area, site access and existing vegetation will impact on species selection and how they are applied. For example unless careful planning and appropriate resources are available it would be ill advised to attempt tube-stock planting in areas more than 2ha. Tubestock is also recommended for areas that have existing over-story and linear shelterbelt plantings. In areas greater than 2 hectares, sown meadows and linear hedges the use of direct seeding of species that propagate easily is more appropriate.
What is your application?
Along with the pollination benefits to agriculture, the plants used for ecological restoration can provide additional benefits to the site. For example, some plants are excellent at managing erosion, others are capable of thriving in dry/salty soils.
Along with pollination services, what other attributes of the ecological restoration are important at your site? These attributes guide which plants are most appropriate for your application.
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