Restoration is hard and many researchers attempt to identify technologies that enhance outcomes. These efforts are laudable, however, current technologies that prove helpful for restoration success might be logistically and monetarily infeasible for most practitioners to employ. Fortunately, there are a plethora of strategies that have been used by land managers for decades that require minimal technological expertise and funding. These techniques have not been supported by formal research, but experienced managers have been employing these ‘old school’ techniques with large success. I will quickly describe some of these techniques, including: media lunas, seedballs, seed predator strategies and fertile islands.