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Gardens for Wildlife

One of our members recently took part in the pilot program for the ‘Gardens for Wildlife’.

The Assessment is an initiative of the Bayside Council, encouraging residents to plant indigenous plants and trees along with other trees and shrubs that attract and provide for birds and wildlife.

The process is both rewarding and educational.  The council send an expert to your property, free of charge, to assess your garden and give you suggestions on how to better plant and manage your garden for wildlife.

A scoring system ranging from 1 – 5, is used on your garden. 1 being the top score. Features in the garden that score high points are:

  • Tall mature trees especially if they were indigenous.
  • A mulch patch for beetles and worms.
  • An area of dense prickly shrubs for bird shelter.
  • Nectar plants with concealed flowers for honeyeaters.
  • A Birdbath well protected by hanging trees.
  • A frog friendly pond with logs and rocks.
  • A warm sheltered corner with logs and stones for lizards.
  • Several flowering plants for Butterflies.
  • Bonus points were scored for Bat or Possum boxes.
  • No weeds
  • Indigenous plants
  • Responsible pet management, such as keeping your cat in after dusk.

This particular member’s garden provided most of the above and therefore scored a 1, the highest score you can achieve!

Some great suggestions were made to improve the garden even more such as planting more shrubs to attract birds, like Hakea Nodosa, Banksia Marginata, Coastal Ti Trees, Correa Alba, low Grevillea shrubs and layers of grasses such as Austrostipa Mollis and small clumping Wallaby grasses. The majority of these plants can be purchased from The Bayside Community Nursery.

The advisor also offered to assist with the establishment of a Frog hideaway, something that has always been on the wish list of our member. They provided this link which was very informative and easy to follow:

www.melbournewater.com.au/sites/default/files/Frog-friendly-habitat-guide.pdf

If you’re interested in knowing more about this pilot or how you can plant your garden to attract our magnificent birds and wildlife, please contact Jennifer Trucchi on 9599 4339.

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