Australia is an amazing country in many ways and one of them is that a native Australian garden looks absolutely fabulous, saves water and requires very little care. There are many benefits to choosing this specific type of garden, for example, it requires less water and fertiliser. Most importantly, it benefits the local ecosystem as a whole, providing a habitat for insects and improving biodiversity. You can easily start your own native garden if you try the following tips:
- Treat the soil right
Even the plants native to the area need some extra care and nourishment, so you should invest in a good Richgro soil conditioner to prepare the soil first and foremost. In some areas in Australia, the soil is naturally sandy, you’ll need to use some compost and organics to the soil. Depending on your soil composition and condition, you may also add some natural manure. This is necessary to increase fertility, which is naturally low in Australia. You can find out your local soil pH and other important facts from the local nursery.
- Don’t over-fertilise
One of the benefits of a native garden in Australia is that it consists of highly resilient plants that evolve in trying conditions such as sandy and poor soils. Fertilising is needed, but you must be careful not to overdo it. Bear in mind that clay soils can stop the fertiliser getting to the roots, so get to know your soil.
- Grow difficult plants in containers
Not all plants can naturally coexist in close proximity. If you want to fill your garden with a variety of Australian flora, try growing the more sensitive species in containers where you can provide them with the exact kind of soil they require.
- Mulch regularly
Mulching is essential for an Australian native garden as it reduces (or even completely eliminates) the need for watering. You’ll need to apply about a 100mm-deep layer of mulch per year. Use only organic material free from any diseases and always mulch after rain to keep the moisture in.
- Learn how to prune
Native Australian plants will look much better and generally become healthier if pruned regularly. Consult a professional to learn how to do this right. Note that the time to start pruning depends on the species of plant and whether it provides nectar.
- Plant wisely to reduce the amount of water
Even a native garden requires some watering, but you can save this essential resource by planting small species of plants that develop deep root systems. Choose the specimens best suited to your soil and conditions and don’t forget about regular mulching. Richgro watersavers such as Ezi-Wet Soil Wetter and Mulches such as Pinebark and Hard Wood will also help cut down your garden’s natural need for watering.