regenerate: bushtekniq style
bushtekniq can help you restore your place to natural diversity, beauty and resilience.
WEEDING: We work with integrity, enthusiasm and dedication. Using the right technique (street-spell: tekniq!) and tool for each job, you can be sure we work effectively and efficiently. See the uniq tekniq page to learn more about our chemical-free approach.
PLANTING: By ensuring the use of locally sourced seed and seedlings bushtekniq advocates genetic integrity. We invest in each seedling the time and care necessary for a long, healthy and resilient life.
LEARNING: Do you want to connect with your land, and clarify what the green-brown fuzz before you is? From bushtucker to butterflies, plant ID and ecology, we look forward to sharing with you what we know about your local natural environment.. Check out our plant files in the relearn box for more!
Whether its an overwhelmingly weedy backyard, a choked-up creek gully, a vine-covered forest, a hillside of lantana scrub or a plan to plant up a trodden field, bushtekniq is here to help!
if you are keen to DIY, read on...
bushtekniq uses PATIENCE, CONSISTENCY & DETERMINATION whilst weeding. It pays to embrace the pace of natural growth. In this way bushcare becomes an intuitive and sustainable practice, where observation and action are balanced.
bushtekniq advocates a ‘keep it local’ approach to bush regeneration:
- get to know your local place: regional ecosystems, history and cultural stories, patterns, seasons and species
- try not to ‘bite off more than you can chew’: working a small area close to home regularly is more sustainable, and the results are easier to see and celebrate.
- sharing in local: when others in the community can see the results of your persistence, it may inspire them too, thereby creating sustainable eco-corridors
How to start:
- Observe first - take a walk and make a plan: look at shade and terrain factors, time and energy constraints
- Be work-ready: have a variety of quality tools, buckets/ bags, PPE, guide-books, sustenance and water on-hand
- Work sustainably: listen to your body, stretch often, and have fun - music is a great tool too!
- Minimal disturbance to soil and mulch layer: whilst weeding, shake any soil off weed roots as close to source as possible, sweeping mulch (leaves, forest debris) back over area
- Consider the weeds: Before going on a weeding frenzy, acknowledge the benefits as well as the imbalances weeds may place in an ecosystem. Whilst weeding, constantly shift your perspective to take in the many elements at play. It is useful to focus on immediate surroundings (keep it ‘local’, find a rhythm) whilst maintaining a positive awareness of the larger scale. A balance of these helps keep overwhelmedness at bay
- Roles of ‘weeds’: plant succession; soil stability, conditioning, nutriment; soil life - microbes, organisms, fungi; food/ habitat/ medicine for insects, birds, animals, humans; consideration of: soil, season, rainfall, history, origin, habitat; look-a-likes: CAUTION! If u can’t i.d, let it be!
- Patience, consistency & determination are key virtues: it pays to embrace the pace of natural growth
bushtekniq implements various methodologies and ‘tekniqs’ when restoring and assisting natural regeneration.
- The Bradley Method of bush regeneration was defined by the Sydney-based Bradley sisters, and is described as the gentle art of bringing back the bush:
|3 basic principles:|
|1. work outwards from good bush towards areas of weed: native seed & spores are already there.. weeding takes the pressure off & tips the balance towards natural regeneration..|
|2. make minimal disturbances to the environment: both above & below ground.. undisturbed bush soil under its natural mulch layer is superbly resistant to weed invasion.. cherish it.. work with extreme care..|
|3. do not overclear: let native plant regeneration dictate rate of weed removal.. there are 2 kinds of time: working time & waiting time.. a team should spread out to weed small amounts in many places..|
- Permaculture Zoning principles: In permaculture, zoning the land according to how often you are likely to visit is one of the first steps. How often would you visit these areas? How readily can you access and therefore maintain the different areas?
- Syntropics, layering & succession: Choosing pioneer species, integrating edible plants, using chop 'n' drop methods and cherishing soil health, bushtekniq is active in this movement of regenerative agriculture, where biomass and diversity hold the key to healthy ecosystems.
tools & tekniq
*** STOP PRESS *** We are now proud owners of a trailer mounted steam weeding unit, the Saturated SteamWeeder 900. Using innovative hydrothermal technology developed right here in Australia, bushtekniq is maintaining sensitive bushland areas, wetlands, public spaces and gardens.
Got weeds popping up in your landscaped gravel, rocks and paving, and along fence-lines, edges and mulched surfaces? Do you have sensitive riparian zones to care for, where weeds rush in to hold soil and biomass, and also support a myriad of biodiversity, including frogs? Want toxin-free parks, playgrounds, school-yards in our local region? Do you want your stock and best-friend pets to play in a chem-free paddock or stockyard? The answer is here with saturated steam.
Our SW900 unit has dual operator capacity, 90m of hose-reach with different applicator heads to suit each job.
Saturated steam is effective against a wide variety of weedy grasses, succulents, herbaceous and flat weeds. The extensive target-list includes singapore daisy, tradescantia/ commelina spp. eg. creeping-inch plant, dischoriste, kikuyu and guinea grass, cobblers peg, billygoat weed and more.
The combination of saturated steam and water at 118°C in the SSW delivers thermal shock to the weed. The rapid transfer of lethal heat destroys the plant cellular structure, thereby providing an effective method of weed control. Steam and hot water together will penetrate the meristematic cells of a plant (the parts where new growth occurs) to reduce the likelihood of the plant re-sprouting post-treatment.
It works with an initial treatment, then usually 2-3 follow-up treatments. Each successive treatment is quicker as the seed bank germinates and is extinguished, making steam a chemical-free, cost-effective solution that actually works! As the weeds are treated, a natural mulch forms, suppressing more weeds, retaining soil moisture and increasing soil microbiology. In this vein, it complements holistic landcare perfectly, with short-term work creating long-term benefits for humans, flora, fungi and fauna.
The SSW is an awesome tool in our chem-free kit, often used in conjunction with other methods, and always with careful identification and marking of local species prior to treatment.
We look forward to tailoring a SSW program to meet your site and requirements: contact us >>
For more info on hydrothermal technology:
bushtekniq puts an emphasis on innovation, quality and tradition. Our tools range from small to large, from people-powered to mechanised.. even sun-powered! Depending on the site, species present and client's wishes, bushtekniq may use:
hori hori - a strong Japanese weed knife, perfect for minimal soil disturbance and effective with a range of weeds, from woody weeds to grasses to annuals.
kama - originally a rice-harvester from Vietnam, this sharp and light sickle is an efficient tool in dealing with grasses, vines and smaller annuals.
silky - engineered by Zubat of Japan, this pruning knife has multi-angled hardened steel teeth that will remain sharp for years, ready to tackle any pruning and lopping job with ease.
tree popper - developed in South Africa this robust tool uses the simple principle of leverage to remove the toughest of woody weeds. Long tap-roots are extracted from the soil with ease and minimal disturbance, making this an invaluable tool for shrubs and saplings such as ochna, celtis sinensis, camphor and cadaghi.
mulch fork - sourced from MacaTool, these strong yet light forks take the hard work out of mulching. They feature hardened tines and a long birch handle that users of all ages and abilities will enjoy.
scythe - an old-world tool with a contemporary application: swiftly cutting and gathering weedy grasses (before they set seed) for mulch purposes.. two purposes, one tool.
brush-cutter - applications as above but where the terrain doesn't allow for a broad, even swing. The brushy is a good ol' all-rounder when client requires a neat finish, and before SSW.
solar-powered chainsaw - quiet, light and efficient, the electric chainsaw is recharged by the sun, taking the sweat out of lopping, pruning and young tree removal.
bobcat - when the scale of mulch surpasses the barrow, bushtekniq calls in lil Bob.
sites & stories
These are some of the sites we care for.. & their stories:
albany creek 2017
A screen-planting of over 300 local species tubestock adjacent to a tributary of South Pine River and John Leitch Memorial Park.
arana hills 2016-present
Maintaining a site adjacent to Pine Community School. The school advocates for a chem-free approach to landcare, and the students have had some involvement in learning about bush regeneration and caring for their local ecology. The steep embankment had suffered erosion, weedy commelina and leucaena monoculture but by using a variety of innovative methods - including saturated steam - and installing 1500 local-species tubestock, it is growing into a healthy and diverse bushland once more.
Grounded Gathering #2. bushtekniq facilitated a transformation of an open rainforest creek flat into a BUTTERFLY GARDEN. Judiciously replacing lantana and a variety of weedy vines and herbs with locally sourced finger-lime tubestock, participants learned about People Power and Plant ID.
A team of five planted 2000 local-species tubestock adjacent to the South Pine River and Linkfield Road.
A team of six planted over 4000 local-species tubestock as a screen-planting for the local quarry, and to reintroduce biodiversity into cleared pasture-lands.
camp mountain pre2015-present
A super-steep sandy embankment was rock-walled and planted up for erosion-control and aesthetic viewing pleasure. Over 30 species were selected, reflecting the diversity in the nearby remnant coastal vine thicket.
elbow valley 2016
enoggera creek 2015-present
kedron brook pre2015-present
kobble creek 2018
muswellbrook (NSW) 2017
peak's crossing 2018
samford valley pre2015-present
tyalgum (NSW) 2015-present
west end 2017
wights mountain 2015-present
bushtekniq opening weekend fun#1: tyalgum
a weekend of plants, pondering and people power!
walking up into hillside folds of rare remnant rainforest, we discovered infinite delicate detail, diverse biodiversity and fascinating fragrant forms under our noses n toes'.. many fine reasons to tread lightly and spritely.. lantana was the main creeping weed that the dozen of us tackled, carefully removing and replacing the disturbed natural mulch layer to our best abilities. A year later saw very little need for follow-up, so landholders are happy to move on to the next part of forest to continue regenerating.
saturday afternoon saw us freeing trees from hefty vines down beside the creek, helping to tip the balance in favour of local species and diversity in habitat.
after a sunday qigong stretch sesh, it was time to head to the paddock for some future campsite dreaming: clearing some weedy grasses and planting fast growing local shady species.. another 5 years 'til hammock-worthy..
bushtekniq weekend fun#2: camp mountain
bucketing rain tried to deter the bushteknishns, but did not dampen our sunday spirits.. perfect for picking cats claw nodules! in true remove - replace style, local tubestock was immediately planted, watered and mulched.