Here are some tips on creating a habitat in your backyard for our precious local wildlife. Planting native flora will encourage native birds and animals to visit. Happy planting!

Backyard Habitat Species Guide

23 native plant species have been selected for our Backyard Habitat program. The plants have stickers with the species' names on them. 

View the species guide - which identifies soil types, best location, expected growth height, descriptions of leaves and flowering information.

Before you plant native flora

  • Prepare the site
  • Consider your overall garden design
  • Plan for the mature height of the plants and for root growth
  • Watch this short video for guidance

Steps to help you plant  

  1. Dig a hole at least twice as wide and slightly deeper than the tube size.
  2. Loosen the soil at the sides of the planting hole. Fill the hole with water and allow to drain away.
  3. Place the gently loosened plant in the planting hole. Backfill the soil so that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil.
  4. Press the backfill down with your hands and shape the soil surface slightly to hold water.
  5. Water the plant well after planting, making sure the soil is moist but not soggy.

Sit back and enjoy your new backyard habitat and the wildlife that it helps attract to your home.

Other planting tips

  • Call 1100 ‘Dial before you Dig’ to check that you're not planting over plumbing, sewer pipes or service or power lines.
  • Our climate is also suitable for growing plenty of food plants - check drainage, soil type, sunlight and available space.
  • Use water sensibly so plants get the maximum benefit.
  • Please do not plant or prune trees on footpaths, in parks or near waterways.
  • Be proactive about fire management - place garden beds and plants away from the house and regularly clean gutters.

Reuse & recycling

If you recently received free native plants via our Backyard Habitat program, we are encouraging you to return the plant tubes to one of our Council drops off, when you are able.

Locations include: 

  • Curl Curl Community Nursery, located outside the nursery shed, corner of Griffin Rd. and Abbot St.
  • Manly Dam Community Nursery, located at the entry to the Manly Dam Ranger's Office.

If you are unable to drop off the plant tubes, please clean and recycle them in your yellow lidded recycling bin.