Residents in Mosman can enjoy beautiful bushland, stunning harbour foreshores and an abundance of native flora and fauna. These are valuable natural assets, but they need our help if they are to thrive and continue to provide peace, quiet and enjoyment to us all. Private gardens are an important part of the local natural environment – even if they are behind fences and houses.
Free Mulch for Residents
Due to the illegal dumping of mulch by tree contractors, residents will not be able to access Council’s mulch storage facility by car. This facility is normally available every Sunday from 9am to 3pm and is located at Little Ashton Park on Whiting Beach Road. Residents will be able to access the site by foot only and access is available 7 days a week. It is hoped that the gate will be able to be opened in the near future.
Inquiries telephone Council’s Tree Management Officer 9978 4045 or Coordinator Biodiversity and Landscape 9978 4045.
Mosman Council has produced a brochure that lists native trees, shrubs, tufted plants, ground covers, climbers, ferns and grasses that are suitable for Mosman gardens and friendly for the local fauna.
Information in this guide has been sourced from Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney by Les Robinson, 2nd ed – 1994, Kangaroo Press, Roseville.
Other Indigenous Plants
As well as the plants listed in this brochure, there are many other suitable indigenous plants available in nurseries. Nursery staff will be able to advise you on what is available.
To maintain the genetic integrity of our local bushland it is recommended that only native plants from locally sourced seed be grown in Mosman gardens.
Residents in Mosman can enjoy beautiful bushland, stunning harbour foreshores and an abundance of native flora and fauna. These are valuable natural assets, but they need our help if they are to thrive and continue to provide peace, quiet and enjoyment to us all.
Private gardens are also an important part of the local natural environment – even if they are behind fences and houses. If you think about some of the simple tips below as you look after your garden, it can continue to provide you and your family with enjoyment and peace, as well as helping to look after our bushland and our harbour waterways. If you have a private contractor who looks after your garden, you can also ask them to do some of these things so you both can become bush friendly neighbours.
Being a Bush Friendly Neighbour
There are a number of easy things for you do to make your garden a great place for you and your family, and maintain the health of local bushland and Sydney Harbour.
- Use native plants to provide natural habitat and food sources for our native fauna. Council can provide information on suitable plants, or see our
- Introduce a number of ‘layers’ to your garden with ground covers, climbers, shrubs, bushes and trees that provide a wide variety of habitats.
- Do not hose leaves away into the stormwater system, instead collect and compost them (and save precious water).
- Minimise the use of fertilisers by using mulch and compost.
- Minimise pesticide use by encouraging insect-eaters like birds and frogs into your garden with a pond and even (ironically) insect attracting plants like bush pea varieties.
- Minimise herbicide use by pulling weeds out or ‘folding’ the young sprouts of weeds down flat and covering them completely with mulch.
- Avoid using any chemicals during or immediately before wet weather.
- Ensure your home and property are fire safe by removing dumped vegetation and debris. Use Council’s free monthly garden organics collection service – don’t dump garden waste in the bush.
- Be a responsible pet owner – keep dogs on a leash and cats indoors at night.
- Conserve water by mulching your garden and only watering during the cool of the day.
Mosman Council has produced the following brochures and guides to help you with these ideas. You can download them right here or contact Council for hard copies.
Contact Mosman Council for further information on recommended plants, and those to avoid, as well as useful brochures, booklets and any up-coming workshops.
You might also like to join our email list to stay informed of environment news and events in Mosman.
From it’s beginning more than 70 years ago, Mosman Garden Club has adapted to the changes in gardening and lifestyles.
With almost half of Mosman’s residents now living in townhouses, apartments and flats you don’t have to have a garden to belong to our club.
A shared love of gardens and gardening in all its forms is what brings us together.
New members, visitors and guests welcome.
Meetings are held at the Mosman Square Senior’s Centre, Civic Centre, Spit Junction on the second Tuesday of the month (except July & January)
Doors open at 6.30pm and the meeting commences at 7pm.
Each meeting has a guest speaker who is an expert in their field.
* Flora for Fauna
An organisation focused mainly on integrating gardens and bushland in urban areas. Loads of simple, constructive tips on making your garden a haven for you and native fauna.
* Sustainable Gardening Australia
A great website that provides a discussion forum and all sorts of handy tips on gardening for you and the natural environment.
* Australian Native Plants Discussion Forum
A discussion group run by backyard gardeners who share their experiences of growing native plants. This forum is provided for the discussion of native plants of Australian, New Zealand and Oceania.
* Australian Plants Society NSW
The Australian Plants Society caters for people interested in the cultivation, propagation, conservation and appreciation of Australia’s native flora.
* Birds in Backyards
Find a native plant, identify a local flower, locate a native plant nursery or plan your garden using this list of resources, including books, field guides, plant societies, nursery contact details and links.
- Bushcare Volunteers
If you want to get more involved in protecting our bushland, Council also supports an active Bushcare program.