Filling up your garden with natives
PLANTING native plants in your home garden can be tricky, but all you need is a couple of tips and tricks to get you started and you’ll be on your way.
There are many popular native plants embedded in our gardens around Australia, along with several gems right here in the Strathbogie Shire.
Banksias, wattles, waratahs, ferns and bottlebrushes are just some of the backyard favourites.
Each year the Euroa Arboretum Nursery produces tens of thousands of plants for retail sale to individuals and community groups, specialising in plants native to the area around Euroa from the Strathbogie Ranges to the plains to the west.
Seed is collected from these areas by volunteers and then grown in the nursery, so it’s a perfect spot to pick up some gems for your beginnings in native planting.
When starting your native planting process you’ll need to make sure you have chosen a position suited to the needs of the plant, for example full sun, moist soils etc.
You’ll need to dig a hole a little deeper than and twice as wide as the pot, in fill slightly to allow the roots to start growing through the soil.
Carefully remove the plant from the pot, place it in the centre of the planting hole and in fill with the soil, which you can add compost too.
Ensure the top of the potting mix is level with surrounding soil and press it down gently.
Water it in well as this will ensure the water goes beyond the roots and you may need to stake the plant for protection.
The key to getting this whole native plant thing just right is being able to keep an eye on the plant as it grows.
Over the course of the 12 months make sure they get a good soaking once a week in dry weather, with deep water every so often, as it’s much better than a light watering daily and will promote a stronger root system.
Mulching should be done to a depth of 7.5 to 10cm, which decreases water evaporation from the soil and encourages worms and beetles in the soil, keeping it aerated.
It’s also important to note that when it comes to native plants, it’s generally safest to steer clear of any fertiliser, as native and indigenous plants are adapted to survive in low nutrient conditions.
For maintenance of the plants it’s important to prune, removing any dead-wood or diseased plant material.