Transplantation of Grasslands: II. Improvement in Field Practices and Techniques

R. N. Humphries, P. R. Benyon
1995 Journal American Society of Mining and Reclamation  
The ability to manage grazed and cut transplanted grasslands in their traditional manner is critical for the maintenance of their nature conservation value. However, such management has generally not taken place and as a result many transplants have not been as successful as they might have been. Two principal physical constraints on the grazing and cutting of transplanted grasslands have been identified. These were, uneven surfaces, and holes or gaps between turves. Variation in turf
more » ... n in turf thickness, collapse of turf edges and disintegration of turves were the most common cause of uneven surfaces. There ate a number of field practices which can be adopted to achieve an even surface to the transplanted grassland. These include close supervision, to achieve consistent turf thickness, 'back stowing' of collapsed edges, and the pressing of turves. Holes or gaps between turves result from collapse of turf edges or failure to tightly abut turves where turves ate typically 200mm or thicker. The occurrence of holes can be avoided by adopting the practice of leaving a narrow 100mm gap between the turves and back-filling with subsoil. Where the above practices have been adopted traditional grazing and cutting of transplanted grasslands has been possible.
doi:10.21000/jasmr95010194 fatcat:6milrwkvsfbchgf7robuo5jzui