The process of restoring natural vegetation that has gone through degradation is called bush regeneration. There are many ways to go about this but the main aim while regenerating a bush remains the same; to remove dangerous weeds that affect natural vegetation. The Bradley Method is one of the more common regeneration techniques in use today.
It was brought about by two sisters, Joan and Eileen. It was to help the ecosystems regenerate naturally with minimal human effort and as a result help conserve energy & environment resources. The Bradley method works on two main principles;
a) Begin regeneration in areas with the least weed infestation. It helps in restoration of affected vegetation and makes them self-sustainable. After this, one can go to the highly infested weed areas. This, also, works to motivate you as one can see the fruits of your efforts.
b) Regeneration works should have the least soil disturbance. Weeds do well in areas of disturbance. Therefore, when weeding, it is better to use hands than to use machines. The latter creates a disturbance that promotes weed growth.
Regenerating using the Bradley method has some key advantages including:
• It prevents good areas from worsening.
• It progressively improves the next area.
• It helps you move cautiously to other bad regions.
• It ensures minimal use of herbicides
For exceptional circumstances where you opt use herbicides, make sure all alternatives have been considered. If no other options exist, be sure to seek professional help. You should, also, be aware of the impacts that the herbicides may present. Accordingly, follow each instruction on its use to the letter. Doing anything less could have catastrophic consequences for the environment & energy resources around you. Under the Bradley method, some of the alternative weed removal techniques recommended include;
a) Hand Pulling – Where you uproot the weed entirely with its roots.
b) Digging up weeds – This involves digging up the reproductive parts of the weed.
c) Crowning – This is where the plant's crown is cut and detached from the ground.
d) Swiping the Stem – This method is preferred with tubers and other plants hard to uproot from the ground. It makes use sharp equipment to swipe the stem or leaf to prevent further growth.
With the technique above, you have an effective method to revive and regenerate the environment around you and make it better. The principles used by the Bradley Method will also ensure you get the best bush regeneration results with minimal recourses. When fully implemented, the result will be a transformed environment that is a haven for all.