As the weather straddles between chilly and pleasant this provides the perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty and do some long term garden revamping. With the recent studies on native bees and how important they are, it may also be time to change to a wildlife friendly garden. Here are some tips on how to make a sanctuary for the critters that keep our eco-systems thriving and help your flower and vegetable garden really bloom.
By planting native trees, groundcover and shrubs suited to an Australian climate you will be ensuring your garden continues healthily through the year while also providing a stable house for blue tongue lizards and small birds.
Native bees are attracted to colour so choosing plants that come in a range of bright colours as well as shapes and sizes means you’ll be catering for the wide range of native bees. They enjoy exotic as well as native flowers and even weed flowers like dandelions are on the menu. A small box or a bamboo poles into a tree trunk provides a pre-fab home for a tired bee.
Water, Water, Water
Like all living things, animals need water and on hot summer days it can be the difference between life and death. A shallow dish, with strategically placed sticks and twigs allows birds to drink and clean their wings and lizards and frogs to seek cool refuge and breed. Make sure to place it out of the way of cats!
No Pesticides and Insecticides
Insecticides kill bees and in turn, the birds that eat them. Pesticides are not picky killers and will often wipe out entire minute ecosystems as well as cling to the food you eat from your garden. Instead, there are a plethora of natural bug repellents that protect your plants and keep them safe for you and nature.
Look for Offers
If you’re starting from scratch, buying new plants can be costly. Councils across Australia offer a free native plant programs where you can collect two free native plants from any participating nursery. You simply apply, pick up a voucher from your local library and take home your new blooms! Also, ask friends or neighbours for a cutting that will quickly take when planted correctly.