Transforming my verge – Part 2

It has been one and a half years since I began transforming my verge by planting natives.

I am sad to report that it hasn’t been as successful as I had hoped.

Most of the tube stock didn’t survive the first summer – the only ones that did were these Eremophilas:

Newly planted tube stock.
One and a half years of growth (despite little care).

I did restock from the Friends of Kings Park native plant sale and City of Vincent’s Local Native Plant Sale.

Sadly, most of those also didn’t survive too well either but here is a photo of my verge currently:

Native verge Feb 2016

I’m not 100% certain but I think the following are the factors that contributed to plant deaths:

  1. Neglect from me – not watering regularly through summer.
  2. Dog pee – at least 3 plants killed.
  3. Being covered – I had another mountain of mulch delivered and they dumped all over 3 plants.
  4. Child using plant as trampoline – 1 victim.

I am working on Point 1 this summer but short of (temporarily) fencing off my verge, I am not sure what I can do about the other causes of fatalities.

Still, I am having fun – seeing some of them flourish and flower.  Come April, I will get more tubestock from the City of Vincent Local Native Plant sale to replace the dead plants.

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