BENEFITS OF PLANTING INDIGENOUS PLANTS
- Provide habitat, food and shelter for local wildlife
- Are consistent with the natural amenity of the local area
- Help recreate vegetation communities that existed on the Mornington Peninsula prior to extensive land clearing and disturbance
- Are well suited to the soil type and therefore more likely to survive
- Require little water, are relatively low maintenance
- Act as excellent shelter belts for stock, protecting them from the extremes of wind, rain and sun
- Reduce surface water runoff – reducing soil loss and increasing soil water retention
- Improve soil structure and nutrient cycling through year-round addition of organic matter (leaf litter, root mass)
- Reduce wind erosion of soil
- Will not genetically pollute nearby remnant bushland or escape to become environmental weeds
- Assist with eligibility for the Mornington Peninsula Shire CONSERVATION LAND RATE
PRACTICE THE 3 ‘R’s OF PLANT RESTORATION
- RETENTION – Our remnant bushland is precious, hollow bearing trees and complex biodiversity cannot be simply replaced so first retain what you have
- REGENERATE – Give our remnant bush a chance to recover by removing weeds that outcompete Indigenous plants. For large infestations seek advice on how to stage removal
- REVEGETATE – Plant with local provenance Indigenous tube stock or seed in areas or with species that are unlikely to regenerate on their own
ECOLOGICAL VEGETATION CLASSES
Native vegetation in Victoria has been classified into distinctive groups known as ECOLOGICAL VEGETATION CLASSES or EVCs. The Mornington Peninsula Shire has developed profiles for the EVCs on the Mornington Peninsula, which describe the structure, environment it occurs in, conservation status, past and present distribution and major species specific to the Mornington Peninsula. Using EVC mapping and profiles can assist greatly with appropriate species selection for planting in your area.
MORNINGTON PENINSULA INDIGENOUS PLANT GUIDE
The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s new Indigenous plant mapping tool has been launched to assist you to select the plants best suited to your area. The tool is also useful if you are interested in establishing a low-maintenance garden. Planting local also provides important habitat for native wildlife, and helps maintain the local character of your area. You can download a list of local Indigenous plants suited to your area using the MORNINGTON PENINSULA INDIGENOUS PLANT MAP/SEARCH TOOL
- Click on the search icon in the top left corner of the map to expand the search bar.
- Begin typing your address into the search bar starting with your street number.
- A list of addresses will display below the search bar, select your address from this list.
- A window will pop up on the map displaying the plant (EVC) lists for your property.
- click on the hyperlinked plant list name, (e.g. Grassy Woodland Plant List) to download a copy.
- REVEGETATION PLANNER
- CREATE PRACTICAL SHELTERBELTS USING NATIVE PLANTINGS
- CONVERT PROBLEM WET AREAS INTO VALUABLE HABITAT
- MANAGING LANDSLIPS AND EROSION
LOCAL INDIGENOUS PLANT NURSERIES
Local Indigenous nurseries stock Indigenous plants from locally sourced seed on the Mornington Peninsula.
- Conservation Collective – Somerville
- Ecolink Bushworks – Moorooduc (Aquatic plants)
Phone: 0405 358 395
- Kinwendy Trees – Boneo
Phone: 0425 829 053
- Mornington Peninsula Shire Nursery – The Briars Mt Martha
- Peninsula Bushworks – Bittern
16 Hunts Road, Bittern
Phone: (03) 5983 6633
- Peninsula Plants – Fingal
34B Placadena Rd, Fingal
Phone: 0407 466 523
- Seawinds Nursery – Arthurs Seat
791 Arthurs Seat Rd, Arthurs Seat
Phone: (o3) 5987 3093
- Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association – Hastings
10C Pound Rd, Hastings VIC 3915
Phone: (03) 5979 1391 Mobile: 0403 528 034
HOW TO PLANT GUIDE
This HOW TO PLANT GUIDE was developed for a recent National Tree Day planting event.
Landcare members are able to borrow planting tools by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.