Local plants

Local plants
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Our unique local plants rightfully call the area their own, and we make every effort to protect native plants which assist in our eco-system. Local Plants biodiversity canterbury bankstown Our unique local plants rightfully call the area their own, and we make every effort to protect native plants which assist in our eco-system.  
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Our area is home to many endemic (native) plants. These plants are perfect for your garden as they have adapted to suit local conditions over thousands of years. 

Native grasses as lawns 

​Native grasses can be used as lawns. They are generally low maintenance once established; requiring less mowing, watering and fertilising than exotic grasses. However, they are generally slower to establish and if grown from seed or tube stock, require weed control during establishment to achieve a good result.

​Nara, Zoysia macrantha

Nara is the first native grass that can be purchased in rolls.
Nara has a fine textured leaf, grows on both sandy and clay soils, is shade tolerant and has a high tolerance to drought.
The mowing height of Nara is 50mm and requires mowing every two weeks in spring/summer and every five weeks in autumn/​winter.

​Weeping Grass, Microlaena stipoides

Weeping grass is a tufted perennial grass that has a fine texture and is soft to walk on.
Weeping grass prefers acidic soils and grows on both sandy and clay soils, it excels in shady locations and has a high tolerance to drought.
The mowing height of weeping grass is 45 mm and requires mowing three or four times a year. Weeping grass easily self-seeds and spreads into adjacent bare areas.

​Wallaby Grass, Austrodanthonia

Wallaby grass is a tufted grass that has a fine textured leaf.
Wallaby grass grows in sandy soils and clay soils that have good drainage, it grows well in shade and has a high tolerance to drought.
The mowing height of wallaby grass is more than 40mm and requires mowing 6 times a year.

​Red Grass, Bothriochloa macra

Red grass is a low growing tufted perennial grass.
Red grass prefers dry soils but will grow in moist areas, it grows well in shade and has a high tolerance to drought and heat.
The mowing height of red grass is 45 mm and only requires mowing once or twice a year.

​Kidney Weed, Dicondra repens

Spreading native ground cover with kidney shaped leaves and small white flowers spring and summer. It is an excellent groundcover and can also be used as a lawn substitute due to its dense low ground hugging habit. Try this for a no-mow lawn, particularly likes shade or dappled light.

​Plant giveaways 

Council regularly gives away local native plants to our community. These plants have been grown from seed collected from our local bushland, so will not only be well equipped to survive in our local conditions, but will also add to the genetic integrity of our local bushland.
The plant events are held twice a year (autumn and spring).
To find times and locations, see Council's What's On page or contact our Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000.  You can also read about how your backyard can be a Habitat Stepping Stone.

​Backyard buddies 

Backyard buddies in an initiative run by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife to give people simple tips to transform their backyards in safe and inviting havens for our native animals. 
​Backyard Buddies are the native plants and animals that share our urban areas, waterways, backyards and parks.  Backyard Buddies are also the people who value native wildlife and want to protect it. So you can be a backyard buddy.  
Your backyard is your very own bit of Australian wilderness, that can be linked to other natural areas through biodiversity corridors. This allows your little back yard to become part of the big backyard- national parks across Australia.  By creating these links we offer safe passage for animals who do not recognise man made boundaries. 
To become a backyard buddy, contact Council's Natural Resource Management team on 9707 9000​. ​

Contact

For more information, contact Council's Natural Resource Management team on 9707 9000.​