Nature strip native planting

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Many houses in suburbs have "nature strips" between their front fence and the street or road. Quite often, these strips are just grass, which needs to be cut, weeded and fertilised.

You can establish native plants as an alternative. This will also improve the biodiversity of the suburb, particularly if many people do this.


Time to plant

In Melbourne, planting until about late October gives a reasonable chance of surviving summer with minimal watering, but weed control should begin immediately.

Weed control

  • Spray the site now with Roundup, then again a few days before planting
  • Then spread a thin layer of mulch around the seedlings after planting and watering in.

Where to buy plants

The best place to purchase plants in the eastern suburbs is:

  • GreenLink Box Hill community nursery, 41 Wimmera Street, Box Hill North, Melway 47 E6.
  • Open every Tuesday morning, plus Saturdays 18 September and 23 October, 9 am – midday, selling indigenous tubes mostly under $2.
  • See or contact via phone 03 9808 8471.

Plant selection

Approximately 110 tubes would be a good start.

Depending on availability, a good selection would be:

  • two big shrubs
  • three small shrubs,
  • two climbers,
  • four scramblers,

Then approx ten each of about ten understorey species, eg

  • thirty grasses,
  • twenty other tussocks, and
  • fifty herbs, daisies, groundcovers, etc.

That would give you about twenty species, which is good biodiversity for a small area.

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