Looking for someone who has used Natural Sequence Farming techniques?


I have a very bare paddock hillside no trees at all. I would like to improve the soil quality and would like some advice on how to start some Natural Sequence Farming techniques on a bare sloping site with very little vegetation.

Where do I start 

What type of trees to get started. 




221 days ago

Thanks so much AO and gwarden. Do you mind adding your answers in the "Respond to a Question" box so swanbayangus is alerted to the answer. Thanks so much in advance.
Airlie | 200 days
You can start with something simple by doing a paddock rotation to allow for pasture spelling which would help with improving soil quality and add in some contours, but they are the kind that hold water up and slow down how fast it runs off the hill. Remember vegetation is not just trees its the whole picture which includes grass, weeds and natural herbs. Happy to answer any questions you have
AO | 204 days
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I would suggest that you contour plant tagasaste bushes, they will give you a source of feed for your livestock, control erosion and improve the soil between rows. They can be used as protection for other plantings and then removed if you wish in 7 to 10 years time.


199 days ago

You can start with something simple by doing a paddock rotation to allow for pasture spelling which would help with improving soil quality and add in some contours, but they are the kind that hold water up and slow down how fast it runs off the hill. Remember vegetation is not just trees its the whole picture which includes grass, weeds and natural herbs. Happy to answer any questions you have


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197 days ago

Hi, an answer on our social media from Carly Noble:

  1.  Hop onto google map and get a good aerial shot of your farm. Work out where the contours are, where the water would lay and the direction of the rainfall. Mark this out on a print out version.
  2. Test pH of soil by agronomist. Determine if you plan on putting in a shelter belt. Sth to nth and est to west suit. Most are up to 5m wide and as long as needed with a mixture of trees and shrubs
  3.  Receive pH results. If soil improver is required manure is often recommended. Some places deliver in semi loads (horse, cow, chook, mushroom) or you can add compost spread on top (biomix). Thickness to 5cm, turn it in or dont is your choice. It will take 3mths to break down. Test soil pH again to determine reading. On average your soil can depreciate by 5cm in 12mths. That is the top soil loss. Keeping soil moisture underground determines vitality of soil, its health and its ability to remain fertile


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