Save the Birds and Bees with Sustainable Gardening
Toowoomba mower centre promotes sustainable gardening

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While Spring may be done and dusted, mother nature isn’t – in fact, she’s just getting started! Now that we’re heading into the warmer Summer months, expect to see flourishing gardens around your neighbourhood to be full of life and bursting with colour.

If you’re excited to join in the fun and attract more birds, bees and butterflies to your garden, follow our easy tips below to create a sustainable backyard oasis:

  1. Less is More
    Whether you’re trying to transform your garden into a musical oasis or simply want to treat the local wildlife, be aware that most store-bought birdseed shouldn’t be used on a regular basis. There are a few reasons for this:
    Attracting an abundance of wildlife can, in turn, attract predators – doing birds more harm than good.
    It also teaches wild birds to rely on these meals and replaces their own natural ability to forage for food while unintentionally introducing unnatural and unnecessary ingredients into their diet, which could be harmful to their health.
    ​The rules here are to provide a sustainable garden for them instead to feast on, use quality birdseed sparingly and carefully plan your feeding areas. Which brings us to our next point…
  2. Think Ahead
    While providing food for birds is a nice gesture, water is essential. Elevated birdbaths are great for providing a regular source of water, which is also out of reach of neighbourhood cats and other predators.
    Try to also position your birdbath somewhere near a tree, tall grasses, hedges or bushy plants so they can make a quick getaway if startled or chased. 
    TIP: Add some rocks that sit just above the surface of the water level so bees have a place to land.
  3. Choose your Plants Wisely 
    Insects and birds choose plants and flowers based on size, perfume, colour and shape. Flora that offer nectar and pollen that is easy to get to are considered prime real estate so here are a few varieties to look out for the next time you visit your local nursery.
    • Native plants such as Bottlebrush, Grevillea, Wattle and Eucalypts 
    • Colourful flowers particularly blues, purples and yellows 
    • Annuals including Cosmos, Alyssum and Snapdragon 
    • Perennials such as Daisies, Asters and Dianthus  
    • Herbs, when in flower, are also popular amongst bees and butterflies. 
    • These include Oregano, Basil, Rosemary and more
  4. Room for 10, Please
    Did you know a lot of local gardening stores and nurseries stock ‘Insect Hotels’? These little dwellings are designed to accommodate a number of critters, particularly pollinators, in safe habitats.
    Feel free to browse your local shops for a DIY kit or search online about how to make your own out of items lying around your home, such as pip off-cuts, toilet rolls, old brick and branches.
  5. Keep it Green
    Avoiding the use of harmful chemicals, herbicides and pesticides which also affect the good kind of bugs you want in your garden. Alternatives include Companion Planting to naturally deter unwanted insects or you can shop around for an eco-friendly alternative. There are plenty of products available – have a chat with your local nursery to learn more.

We hope we have inspired you to get out in the garden this Summer. Whether it’s creating a smarter garden for sustaining the bee population or creating an oasis for local wildlife.

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