A cost effective and efficient form of revegetation.

The galleries below demonstrate various methods that can be used for different terrains and desired outcomes:

  1. Rippa Seeder – scalping method
  2. Mouldboard Ploughing
  3. Scalping with blade
  4. Niche Seeding on steep slopes

1. Rippa Seeder - Scalping Method

  • Simple machine to operate.
  • The blades of the rippa seeder remove the top 10-15 cm of soil.
  • This removes the bulk of the weed seed layer, exposing a cleaner surface of soil.
  • Seed is then placed on this prepared surface.
  • Without weed seed, the indigenous seed can germinate and grow with limited competition.

2. Mouldboard Ploughing

  • Requires competent operator to undertake.
  • Inverts top 20-30cm of soil, exposing sub soil free from weed seed.
  • Seed is distributed over top of soil.
  • Many cracks and crevices for seed to nestle into, creating different microclimates.
  • Rough surface with random plant spacing. 

3. Scalping with blade

  • Simple operation using a more common farmimplement.
  • Aims to remove the top layer of soil from where seed is distributed.
  • Leaves smoother more groomed site compared to other methods.

4. Niche Seeding on steep slopes

  • Makes revegetation on steep slopes easier, quicker and cheaper.
  • Using pre germinated seed – Seed placed in potting mix for 7 days prior to sowing.
  • Site requires spraying prior to sowing.
  • Using a hoe, chip a small area of soil out.
  • Seed is placed in shallow chipped out hole.
  • No heavy earth works required.

Case Study



  • The key to successful direct seeding lies with quality seed.  The South Gippsland Seed Bank (SGSB) provides quality indigenous seed to suit all forms of direct seeding.
  • Site preparation is also a key ingredient to the success of direct seeding projects.  Advice is available from the SGSB on preparing a site for direct seeding.