Local native plants

Where possible, it is important to plant local natives because they provide the best food and habitat for our local fauna and promote healthy environments such as waterways.

How to plant

If not planted correctly, the money spent on purchasing your new plants may be lost. The following instructions will help to ensure the survival of your plants.

  1. Dig a hole deeper than your plant.
  2. Remove the plant gently from its container, being careful not to tear the roots or leaves. If the plant is hard to remove, try turning the pot upside down and keeping your fingers securely around the base of the plant, gently squeeze the sides or tap the bottom of the pot.
  3. Place the plant gently in the hole.
  4. Fill around the plant with soil without leaving any air gaps.
  5. Ensure the soil level within the pot matches the soil level when the seedling is planted. It is important that the root ball is not exposed above ground level and it is equally important the stem of the plant is not buried below the soil. Unless you live in a water logged area, try to have the plant sitting in a slight depression or well in the ground so that it will attract and retain water.
  6. Make sure the plant is standing straight.
  7. Press the soil down firmly to remove any remaining air pockets.
  8. Water the plant.

Knowing about your soil type and plants most suitable to grow in it will be of benefit in ensuring habitats and healthy environments.