If you want to have a garden but are wondering how you would maintain it, consider starting a garden with native plants.
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Native plants are adapted to even the extremes of weather and are therefore easy to grow, and can offer you a wonderful mix of colours and fragrances!
The most important thing is that, such a garden with native plants will be a wonderful habitat for local wildlife and help ecosystem.
Why Should You Do It?
By creating a native garden, you’ll help your local wildlife by facilitating their movements and help them find food, shelter and mates
Native animals are facing an increased pressure since European settlement as they have lost over 70% of their natural habitat. With a native garden, you can offer a safe habitat to local wildlife.
Is it Difficult?
It’s not at all difficult. On the contrary, growing native plants is super-easy. Plus, you can take help of gardeners Coogee and have a wonderful native garden.
What Do You Need?
Your backyard doesn’t need to be very big for growing a native garden. Here’s a list of things you can use. But you on your own too can use your creativity to add things.
Things you need are mostly available in your home around you and you don’t have to spend big bucks.
E.g. an old paddling pool of your kids can be used as a great frog pond, terracotta pipes can become lizards’ resting spots and those jacaranda flowers and irksome gum leaves that you were going to trash can become great mulch.
Here are some more items.
It’s important to choose plants that are indigenous to the area where you live. Most local councils have a list of native plants and they might even have a nursery from where you can buy those plants.
Form dense clumps of grasses and shrubs and they will offer protective habitats for more endangered wildlife species. You can get any help from professional gardeners Paddington such as Amico and create a lovely garden.
A variety of Australian animals and birds use tree hollows as shelters and for reproduction. You can offer them nest boxes in your garden. Nest boxes can be bought online or created on your own.
A pond is a perfect element to add to your garden in order to attract birds. It should be placed on a spot where there would be ample sun in the morning and afternoon, but ample shade too.
You can have a pre-made fiberglass or plastic pond or can convert a swimming pool into a pond or build a pond.
Sedges and reeds are perfect for the shallows of such a pond. They look attractive, cleanse the water and offer shelter to native frogs and fish, and food to tadpoles. Nardoo, water ribbon and native water lily are good to start with.
You can place logs, rocks and overturned flower vases around the pond which can be used by frogs to hide from predators and keep cool.
If you install a solar-powered light there, it will attract insects on which frogs can munch.
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Never Use Chemicals
Never use any chemical insecticide, herbicide, pesticide or any such poison because several native plants and animals are prone to illnesses and even death due to them.
Natural pest controls are the best, such as ladybirds that feed on aphids, microbats that eat flying insects like mosquitoes and blue-tongue lizards that eat snails.
Although your native garden is low-maintenance, you’ll require to maintain it to at least some extent.
For example, once the breeding season is over, it’s advisable to clean the nest boxes with non-toxic cleansers and put new sawdust/leaves in them.
Keep your pets inside their enclosures so they won’t attack the wildlife.
Don’t feed the wild animals and birds because it will make them sick.
A garden that has colours not only of flowers and leaves, but also of birds and animals will look fantastic and will keep pleasing you forever.