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Backyards 4 Wildlife Case Studies

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Do you have a Backyards for Wildlife journey to share? Please submit at least 2 photos and a short story about your wildlife friendly garden that uses local native plants in the mix to: info@urbanforest.on.net by Dec 2012. You can win a nest box from FauNature, be featured in our newsletter and on our website! Read on to find out more about real Backyards for Wildlife gardens:

B4W Case Studies

1. Mixing your Greens for a multi-purpose gardenVanilla Lily

John has been a keen gardener for many years but more recently has made gradual changes to reflect his interest in local indigenous species at his garden in Hawthorndene. This garden is unique with three remnant Eucalyptus species present, namely River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), SA Blue Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon) and Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa). The remainder of the garden was entirely introduced species, a mixture of European and Australian plantings, with a layered effect that still provided good habitat.

So, John carefully considered the habitat value of the previous plantings and decided to make gradual changes that would have the least impact on birds and other wildlife that visit the garden. Of course this was only one aspect of his project… he also thought about bushfire hazard reduction, water runoff and how the garden would look... click on title to read more!

2. Maria & Bruce's Pasadena GardenTawny Frogmouths

Location, location, location!  As any real estate agent will tell you it’s all about location and this is certainly true of this wildlife-friendly garden owned by Bruce and Maria in Pasadena. Sitting high on the Adelaide Hills face and just below a conservation reserve, their garden is visited by a wide array of native wildlife.  A garden with remnant grey box trees has been enhanced by Bruce and Maria’s efforts to create a wonderful ‘habitat garden’.  We caught up with Bruce recently to have a chat about his garden.

“Our garden is very much a bush garden.  Fortunately, like us, none of our neighbours have any fences – front, back or sides.  This encourages wildlife to our garden by providing natural corridors for birds, bats and other creatures and larger foraging areas for the variety of ground dwellers with which we enjoy sharing our land... click on title to read more!

3. A Front for Wildlife: Verging on success in TusmoreAllocasuarina verticillata

Barbara's garden in suburban Tusmore, was planted in spring 2000 and provides an attractive foreground to the new home. The original tubestock plantings have rapidly established and many species including wallaby grasses, native geraniums and varying members of the daisy family are naturalizing with new plants popping up to soften the area. You can see the form and colour of different species in the photographs, but let's go 'for a little wander' through the area.

Right next to the narrow path there is a native pine but the brighter green drooping new growth belies the upright, almost columnar, form of the mature tree. The Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) is already about 1.5 metres high, but was only 30 centimetres high when it was planted just 18 months ago! You can imagine the open effect in a couple of years, with the soft blue grey 'needles' providing a screen. As the needles drop, a deep mulch will form and provide a habitat haven for insects and foraging birds. The foliage, attractive texture of the trunk and the woody cones make this small tree ideal for a suburban garden... click on title to read more! 

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