We suggest that people use native grasses as the first stage of a well-planned revegetation program that will span several years. Grasses are the primary colonisers of new landscapes. They hold the fresh and unstable soil together and in doing so they establish the soil conditions for the successful establishment of the secondary and tertiary colonisers – the shrubs and trees.
A revegetated native grassland area, once fully functional, can be a reasonably close replica of the original ecosystem and can support a broad array of native insects, animals and microflora. These can then in turn provide many of the essential fungi for the establishment of other native plant species that require them for successful establishment.