What is release spraying and its benefits?

Releasing is undeniably the most important process in any planting project. So what is it and why do we do it? And why do we see so many projects miss this crucial step?

Why do we release plants?

Releasing is undeniably the most important process in any planting project. So what is it and why do we do it? And why do we see so many projects miss this crucial step?

What is release spraying?

Releasing is the process of maintaining the weed free environment directly around the plant to reduce competition and making sure the plants remain strong and healthy. We’re essentially “releasing” the plant from any competition. Releasing typically takes place in Spring and Autumn and depending on the site, plants may need one or two releases per season.

How do we do it?

We use a mixture of chemicals that selectively control grass and broadleaf weeds. These chemicals are relatively safe to use around most natives which allows us to preform this service in a timely manner with great results.

What benefit would I see when plants are released

  • Strong growth directly after releasing from lack of competition
  • Grass and weeds act like mulch to suppress the weeds for longer
  • Mulch keeps the soil temperature warm going into winter and traps moisture heading into summer

Common misconceptions with releasing plants

  1. Plants will survive on their own.
    Often plants will be smothered by pest species and die if not released. It’s a solid way to protect your planting investment.
  2. I can hand release.
    Yes this can be done but if you’re going into the effort to manually release each plant you may as well use a chemical to prolong the benefits of each release.
  3. I can use weed mats.
    Weed mats or carpet squares aren’t cost effective over larger restoration projects. While the carpet does a good job maintaining a weed free environment around the plant weeds and grasses do eventually encroach the plant, therefore it is no different to a pre planting spot spray.
  4. Releasing plants increases weeds.
    False, dead grasses and weeds actually act like a mulch suppressing weeds for longer.
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