Weeding, pruning, mulching and following the
recommended watering practices will help you reduce water use in your garden.
Spending some time on proper planning, plant selection, installation and
maintenance will provide you with an environment that looks as good as it did
when it was first created.
Large emergent weeds (especially those with
seed heads or in flower) should be removed immediately
Once native plants are established they
require little attention, and most are capable of surviving on natural
rainfall. Monitor your garden,
particularly during drought, to see if it is suffering and drying out
excessively. Watering after long dry and
windy periods will help plants survive.
Natives respond well to regular watering if available.
Annual mulching will provide ongoing benefits
to your plants, stop weeds and keep things looking good
Replant where necessary to maintain a healthy
appearance. Inspect during Spring and
fill in gaps as required
Using a native slow release fertiliser when
replanting will get plants off to a good start.
Improve and remineralise soils in new beds as required, and stick to
natural products and methods where possible
A light trim or tip
prune after flowering is beneficial to the health of your plants, keeps things
looking fresh and promote new growth. Simply
cut off old flowers and trim off the tips of the stems lightly with sharp, clean
Shrubs and trees should be pruned annually to
remove lower limbs and scrappy foliage and protect your property from
unnecessary fire hazards. Pruning
techniques are species dependant.
Contact your local garden centre for advice
Native plants gow actively at different times
of the year. Grass like or strappy
leaved plants (lilies, rushes, sedges) such as Dianella, Lomandra, Ficinea,
Carex and Juncus don’t need pruning.
Some (rushes) could be cut back every 2 – 3 years if a neater visual
aesthetic is required
Cool season grasses such as Austrodanthionia, Austrostipa, Dichelacne,
Microlaena and Poa have an Autumn / Winter growing period, which means:
can regenerate them by cutting them back by around 1/3 of their leaf area every
species will become dormant in Summer and ‘brown off’. Water regularly to keep
these grasses looking good. Use a rake
to ‘comb’ the old brown grass from the tussock, or simply leave it and cut back
growing grasses will grow vigorously if planted in Autumn and Winter
season grasses such as Bothriochloa,
Pennisetum and Themeda are Summer growing which means:
- They can be rejuvenated in late winter
or Spring by cutting back around 1/3 of their leaf area