By creating your ‘Garden for Wildlife’ even if is just a few plantings or designating a small corner of your garden you can contribute to bringing nature home by welcoming wildlife to share your garden and by providing a healthy environment for them to do so.
Providing habitat in the garden is not only valuable in itself, it can also link to habitat nearby, providing safe corridors or ‘stepping stones‘ along which animals can move from place to place. (Image: Popplebonk or Eastern Banjo Frog, Limnodynastes dumerili)
Environment-friendly practices are very important as what you do in your garden can affect other places far beyond your garden boundaries.
For instance, watering the garden uses precious water resources. After watering or rainfall, any chemicals used, such as pesticides or excess fertiliser, will run into stormwater drains and eventually end up in the local river or estuary. (Image: New frog pond at Wodonga West PS, created with the help of VCAL students, August 2010)
Creating a garden to attract birds, frogs, lizards, insects and other animals doesn’t have to mean having a messy garden with ‘scraggy’ native vegetation. Your garden can be as formal or informal as you wish. You may retain exotic plants you have, or wish to grow, or keep a vegetable garden. (Image: Habitat structure at Wodonga Middle Years College, Felltimber Campus, 2013)