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Solution 3: Saltbush
Solution 4: Saltbush & Understorey
Solution 5: Tall Wheatgrass
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Solutions

 

Saltland Genie has 11 saltland solutions for you to consider. If you know which solution you want, simply hit the tell me more button and Genie will bring you a wealth of information about that saltland solution.  If you want to compare solutions, then go to Genie's Solution Explorer. If you have a saline site and need assistance working out which solution may be best for your saltland, get Genie's Advice.


Solution 1

Fence and exclude from grazing

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Fence and exclude from grazing

For sites that are too saline and waterlogged for other solutions; site protection and conservation will be primary outcomes; no income is generated; revegetation will be episodic and may be slow.effectively use the information.

   
Solution 2

Fence and volunteer pasture

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Fence and volunteer pasture

Very wide applicability but under explored till recently; inviting because the low cost, low risk, high marginal return, and its ease of implementation; should be the first option explored in many situations.

   
Solution 3

Dense saltbush

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Dense saltbush

>1000 saltbush plants per hectare; not recommended if saltbush & understorey is an option; low profitability; has some nutritional advantages but many management challenges; provides less than a maintenance ration for dry sheep.

   
Solution 4

Saltbush & understory

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Saltbush & understory

Saltbush sown in multiple rows (500 to 600 stems/ha); wide alley between sets of rows for the under-storey; old man saltbush preferred; best understoreys have significant legume content.

   
Solution 5

Tall wheatgrass

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Tall wheatgrass

Temperate perennial grass; warm season grower; displaces saltbush & understorey recommendation above about 425mm rainfall; commonly sown with puccinellia

   
Solution 6

Puccinellia

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Puccinellia

Along with distichlis, the most salt and waterlogging tolerant commercial grass; used most extensively in the upper southeast of SA; relatively un-competitive species outside its recommended zone.

   
Solution 7

Vegetative grasses

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Puccinellia

Vegetative grasses - creeping, fine-leafed grasses that spread via rhizomes or stolons; important species are marine couch (Sporobolus virginicus), saltwater couch (Paspalum vaginatum) and distichlis (Distichlis spicata); expensive to establish so mostly used for turf.

   
Solution 8

Temperate perennial grasses

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Temperate perennial grasses

Temperate perennial grasses – standard pasture species for non-saline land; phalaris and tall fescue best bets for saltland; commonly sown in shotgun mixtures with more salt tolerant species; niche is the least saline and waterlogged zone.

   
Solution 9

Sub-tropical grasses

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Sub-tropical grasses

Standard pasture species for non-saline land; kikuyu and Rhodes grass are best bets for saltland; commonly sown in shotgun mixtures with more salt tolerant species; niche is the least saline and waterlogged zone in areas of warm-season rainfall.

   
Solution 10

Saltland legumes

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Saltland legumes

Most common species for saltland are burr medic, lucerne, strawberry clover and balansa clover; less salt-tolerant than grasses; require salt tolerant rhizobia to fix N.

   
Solution 11

Revegetation

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Non-grazing options

Two different options to consider; commercial forestry for pulp, logs or firewood is the most challenging; mixed species plantings for conservation and visual amenity is the more reliable option; carbon sequestration is a possibility for the future.