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Creating a habitat garden can be very rewarding for the whole family, you will not only be attracting all sorts of birds but also creatures like frogs,lizards, insects and other reptiles.

Here in the Top End of Australia we house some of Australia's most spectacular birds, as i have kids we created a log where the kids get to record any new species seen on our property. This is a great way to get the kids interested, they get so excited when a new species enters our place we then Google the bird species and learn a little about the bird.

Firstly research your local area, study the native species of plants, trees and grasses as these will be the type of plants you will want to introduce into your own garden. Your local Greening Australia is a great place to pop into, they have a fantastic variety of native plants and are full of knowledge. Our Greening Australia also sell interesting books all relating to our area, such as weed control, native grasses and all kinds of books on plants. We have a great book i once picked up there called "Native Plants for Top End Gardens" Its my go to book when designing anything native or water wise up here. We are also professional landscapers in the Top End so we tend to have more than one copy of this book and regularly borrow the book out to our customers.

There are plenty of good things about natives but i must admit i just love how resilient they are, take little water and easily adapt to climate & soil conditions without to much hassle.

When buying your plants try to mimic the natural bushland so think tall trees, small trees, ground covers, shrubs all of these will play a vital role into your habitat. To attract birds plant dense areas for birds to nest in and include a water source like a pond or bird bath, you can pick up some really nice natural looking ones from nurseries. When planting out remember not to plant anything in rows as this will take that natural feel and look away.

Be sure to include flat rock so lizards & geckos that pop in to say hi have a place to sun themselves and hide from any preying birds. When getting all your bush rock just keep in mind whilst its attracting lizards it maybe encourage some snakes through the area so if you have kids around be sure to educate them not to just lift rocks or put their little hands in any holes. 

If your wanting to encourage possums include possum boxes, we have one that i purchased off the internet which had a possum last year. But we are also lucky enough to have some old gum trees with hollows which house families of galahs and cockatoos.

There is no need to feed any of the native animals that enter your garden in fact this never be done as it may teach the animals to start relying on your for food as their main source. Mulching areas will encourage  worms which double up as a natural food source not to mention do wonders for your soil.   

So why natives?

  • Provides Habitat
  • Low Maintenance
  • Water wise so saves you money & helps the planet
  • Reduces weeds
  • Produce your own bush tucker
  • Free Nature Sounds
  • Looks Great!

After all your careful planning remember to place a nice wooden seat somewhere so you can sit and enjoy.


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