Three of the best native trees for your backyard
Trees are a valuable asset within the community and provide many benefi ts to the environment, such as providing shade and attracting birds.
Trees are a valuable asset within the community and provide many benefits to the environment, such as providing shade and attracting birds.
It is crucial to select the right tree for your location and consider underground and overhead services, so growth is allowed without causing future issues.
If you’re wondering what the best native trees are for your backyard or garden, Council’s Coordinator Tree and Recreation Works Glenn Thorley is here with his suggestions:
- Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis)
- Grafted Flowering Gum (Corymbia ficifolia)
- Watergum (Tristaniopsis laurina- luscious)
These three trees look good, are non-invasive to utilities, live for a long time, are drought resistant, easy to maintain, and are readily available.
Remember when planting your tree to:
- Dig the hole no deeper than the pot of the tree and two to three times the width, loosening up the soil for root penetration.
- Backfill with fresh native garden soil and add water crystals to help retain soil moisture, helping with establishment.
- Stabilise the tree with two stakes, tied with a flexible tie like rubber or hessian, allowing for natural movement.
- Mulch the tree to a depth of 75-100mm, form a well and keep mulch clear of the trunk.
It’s essential that after planting you:
- Regularly water the tree based on the soil moisture, adjusting the amount to changes in season and natural rainfall.
- Steadily water to the base of the tree so as not to flood and disturb the soil.
- Promote health and new growth by fertilising the tree annually with a native tree fertiliser.