Indigenous gardens have a very big part to play in nature conservation.
Urban sprawl has a negative effect on biodiversity (the number and variety of living things in a specific area).
The best way of making sure that urban wildlife survives is by creating habitat, something best achieved by planting indigenous gardens. In this video, Linda De Luca, owner of Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery explains about the importance of providing habitat for garden wildlife in an urban area.
Habitat is simply a place where something can meet all of its needs – namely food, water, shelter, refuge and a place to raise young. Indigenous plants provide for many of these needs, but by making sure that the soil is healthy and by including sand, rock (with crevices to hide in) and dead wood, one can significantly enhance the quality of habitat that is on offer.
Habitat does not need to be a huge area such as a nature reserve or game park, it can be a tiny patch of indigenous garden, provided that the piece of garden has a well thought out collection of indigenous plants that are the natural food for insects including bees and butterflies, as well as birds and small reptiles (lizards) and other small creatures.
By planting beautiful indigenous gardens we help to keep the web of life intact – creating a peaceful feeling around us as we live in harmony with the creatures we share our gardens with.
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