Sustainable backyards and gardens
Plants and landscaping
- Create wildlife-friendly habitat to attract local wildlife by joining Council’s Backyard Habitat for Wildlife program. Members receive two free native plants, an information pack and planting guide, discounts at participating nurseries, a gate signs, EcoAdvocate subscription and invitations to free workshops.
- Join the Land for Wildlife program to find out more about wildlife management on your property.
- Keep your backyard habitat friendly for our local critters and creatures by using organic pest control solutions.
- Get started in the garden with the native gardening fact sheet and the beginners guide to vegetable and herb gardens and sustainable gardening guides
- Share your story, your skills and your harvest with a community of like-minded gardeners by joining our Facebook group Lake Mac Grows.
- Discover what fruit and vegetables to plant and when, with the seasonal planting guide
- Build a wicking garden bed, which use around 50 per cent less water than a conventional garden bed.
- Improve the pollination of plants in your area and keep a good supply of honey by keeping bees in your backyard. Join a local amateur beekeepers group and attending an introductory course before getting started, as there are a number of things to consider before purchasing a hive.
Up to 60% of household water is used outdoors, with lawns consuming the large majority of this.
- Mulch in garden beds prevents evaporation and reduces run off.
- Plant drought tolerant Australian natives - they require less water and attract native wildlife.
- Water your garden early morning or late afternoon - more evaporation takes place in the middle of the day.
- Water for longer and less often to encourage deep roots.
- Use your household greywater to water your garden.
- Wash your car on the lawn and use a bucket - saves water and waters the lawn at the same time.
- A pool cover reduces evaporation and cuts down on water ‘top ups’. Without a cover, more than half the water in your pool can evaporate over a year.
Page last updated: 29 January 2019