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Methods to increase diversity.

It has been standard practice in macadamias to keep the plantations "clean" and park like. This has a visual appeal but may not be the best practice for pest management.

Methods to increase plant growth and diversity that are likley to provide a better environment for natural enemies:

Reduce mowing when possible.

Alternate mowing

Half row at a time mowing,

Leave Mohawk nature strips when possible

Cultivation of strips will allow seed bank to germinate

Aerator

Discs

Ripping and cultivating Tynes

Rotary Hoe

Rotary Tiller

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This ground has cultivated with a 900 mm rotary hoe providing a very good seed bed.