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Cool your Backyard

Tiffany Cornell . Monday, March 20, 2017 . Comments
Cool your Backyard

The best time to plant a TREE was 20 years ago, the next best time is NOW!

Trees are especially valuable providing careful selection has taken place and a little research and forethought has been given before planting.  Mistakes with tree choices and placement can be very costly indeed.

When choosing trees for your garden remember that Australian natives encourage birds and help reduce water costs.  Water requirements should be given serious consideration before any planting takes place. Indeed water is a precious commodity and we have a big responsibility to use it as wisely as possible - this becomes a very obvious issue during the long months of Darwin's dry season.

Some large trees common in the Darwin area are Albizia Lebbeck, Allosyncarpia ternata, Alstonia actinophylla, Calophyllum inophyllum, Maranthes Corymbosum and Peltophorum pterocarpum. These trees are excellent as shade providers and provide shelter and homes for many native animals and birds, but available space and individual conditions should be taken into consideration.

Speciality gardens making full use of a range of smaller plants can be most attractive.  A small tree garden can provide variety, colour and scent, as well as nectar for the birds and fruit for your table. Some of the most attractive small to medium flowering trees that do well in Darwin include Lagerstromiea speciosa, Tabebuia argentea and Tabebuia pallida.

Pop in and we can help choose the perfect Tree for you and your garden!


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