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AB suggests planting a habitat garden in layers, which will make for a more beautiful garden while also providing homes for a variety of birds and animals.
“If you’ve got the space you could put in a tall tree such as angophora costata (smooth barked apple) which grows to 15 to 25m,” she says. “That’s the most stunning tree.
“Then you’d have different levels, so you might then include the banksia roba (swamp banksia) which will get to about two metres.
“There are quite a few banksias that suit Sydney’s climate such as banksia marginata and banksia integrifolia, they grow to different heights — some might be five metres.
“Things such as acacia longfolia which is Sydney golden wattle can get to about six metres but it’s a nice bushy shrub.
“The flowers will attract various insects and then when the pods form they’ll attract birds such as lorikeets and other parrots that use the seed pods.”
Attracting small creatures to apartment gardens on balconies may seem challenging, but AB says it is still possible.
“If you are attracting insects you’re hopefully going to be attracting insectivorous birds (birds that feed on insects, worms and other invertebrates) — if you’ve got water,” she says. “Depending on if you’ve got trees outside your balcony, you’ve got the potential of having tree frogs on your balcony.”
Potted grevilleas will also be attractive to nectar feeders such as honeyeaters.
To foster a habitat garden, AB advocates avoiding pesticides as well as keeping cats indoors, particularly at night.
“Cats kill between five and 30 critters a night and that might be frogs, grasshoppers, moths, birds and little rodents,” she says.
“At the very least I would say keep your cats in at night.”
The green tree frog likes eating spiders, crickets and cockroaches. Its preferred habitat is cool damp places but in dry areas it can be found under toilet seats. Picture: Michael Aagaard