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Planting Local Natives

Local native plant species are better suited to the climate, rainfall, topography and soils found across our region. They generally require less fertiliser and water and are less prone to disease and insect attack, therefore requiring less pesticides and effort in pest control. They are also less likely to become weeds, where they can rapidly spread and outcompete or dominate over other native species, both within your garden and surrounding bushland.

Planting native plant species helps to maintain the intricate balance and relationships within ecosystems. All native plants and animals rely on each other in one form or another. For example, insects, birds and some mammals rely on specific native flowers as a source of food. These plants in turn also rely on native animals to transport pollen to other plants for seed and fruit production. In other situations, certain plants rely on native animals consuming the fruits and spreading the seed to new localities where the seed can germinate.

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The number of native plants in an area can provide a measure biodiversity. Use this activity to record how you are providing native habitat and food for wildlife at your place.
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