Full planting involves re-establishing grasses, shrubs and trees in a fenced strip alongside the waterway. Both exotic and native species can be used. Typically a strip at least five metres wide is required.
This re-vegetation provides benefits beyond those offered by simple fencing and low planting. It can offer shade and shelter for stock along paddock edges (good for animal health and milk production) and provide an attractive asset for the farm. And by shading and cooling waterways, it helps protect freshwater life and improve local biodiversity.
Depending on the extent of waterways on your farm, riparian planting could be a long-term project. You’ll want input from professionals to help you do it right, but the following principles and practices can serve as a general guide.