Vegetation management practices are used to maintain a vegetation cover on cultivated soils for most of the year, renew pasture in grazing lands, provide protection to the soil and other crops from wind and water, control pests and diseases and enhance the soil structure. They address the soil threats of erosion, compaction and poor structure, poor water holding capacity and organic matter decline.
SQAPP includes 97 examples of the world-wide use of the following vegetation management practices.
- Permanent green cover in orchards
- Cover crops
- Grassland renewal
- Rangeland rehabilitation
- Planted fallow
- Vegetative strips
- Riparian buffer zones and filter strips
- Semi-natural landscape elements
- Strip cropping
- Deep rooted crops
- Growing halophytes
- Crop rotation/diversification
- Herb-rich grassland