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Incorporate local, native plant species

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A great resource for sourcing local native plants is the South West Catchments Council’s (SWCC) “Coastal Gardens – A Planting Guide for Geographe Bay – Bunker Bay to Dalyellup“. It includes a list of suitable local native groundcovers, shrubs and trees as well as highlighting the common weeds found in the area.

Weeds Australia is a great resource to assist homeowners to identify weeds that may be present on their property.

The Geographe Community Landcare Nursery has an incredible range of local native trees and shrubs available.
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Encourage biodiversity

Increase the Diversity of Plants

By incorporating a variety of plant species within your garden, you will achieve a greater range of habitats to attract local fauna. Native habitat trees including Eucalyptus sp., Melaleuca sp. and Agonis sp. provide great habitats for native fauna including the Western Ringtail Possum, Tawny Frogmouth Owl, Baudin’s Cockatoo, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and microbats. Native trees also require less water and fertiliser because they are better suited to the local environmental conditions.

Minimise Hard Surfaces

Consider replacing any under-utilised hard surface areas such as the spaces between the boundary and your house or even within the driveway with garden beds. By reducing the
amount of hard surfaces in your property to around 30% of your property’s total area (excluding the house and other structures) you will:

  • Reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and increasing the natural infiltration into the groundwater
  • Increase the local biodiversity and micro-organism activity in the soil
  • Reduce the effect of heat absorption caused by an area of hard surfacing

Consider replacing impermeable surfaces with crushed gravel, mulch or permeable paving to allow stormwater to infiltrate locally replenishing groundwater and help to reduce the amount of polluted water entering stormwater drainage systems, through run off.