Revegetating your property

Native species

Revegetation is best carried out using local indigenous plants (plants native to your area) obtained either as direct seedling or tube-stock. 

The Macedon Ranges Shire contains many different ecosystems that are characterised by different types of plants. These ecosystems are known as ecological vegetation classes (EVC). For a list of native species for each EVC, contact Council's Environmental Planner on (03) 5421 9692.

Our Native Plants page or our guide to the native flora of the Macedon Ranges(PDF, 11MB) for more information about local plant species.


April/May to September is a good time to plant, or any time of the year when the soil is wet.

Planting sites should be prepared two to three weeks prior to planting, by hand weeding or spraying with herbicide in circles of one metre in diameter to kill competition plants.

During planting, remember to provide adequate water until the plant is established. Drying out is a major cause of planting failure.

Spacing of plants is very important. Trees that have been planted too close together will have their growth stunted as a result of dense plantings. This could cause a number of other issues including short lifespan of trees. As a general guide, plants can be spaced as follows:

  • Canopy trees = 1 plant per 5 square metres
  • Shrub layers = 1 plant per 2–3 square metres
  • Ground covers/grasses = 4–5 plants per 1 square metre

Weeds and pests

Weeds should be controlled during the first few years after planting and any plants that die should be replaced to reduce gaps. Plants should be protected with a plastic protective guard if rabbits are present, or a wire guard in the case of wallabies, until the plants reach a size that can cope with animal browsing.

Our weeds of Central Victoria guide(PDF, 4MB) provides colour photos of locally identified weed species along with suggested control techniques. It covers all types of weeds including woody weeds, herbs, bulbs, trees, wines and creepers and aquatic plants.