Free offers for residents

A range of free offers are available to residents to help your garden be more waterwise, cool and shady, and provide a home for wildlife. See the Living Green Grants page for more information.   

Saving Water in Your Garden

The Water Corporation provides a range of information for saving water in the garden and outside the home including how long to water your garden for, improving your soil and mulching, water wise plants and garden designs, and information about pool covers, water storage tanks and much more.

For more information visit the Water Corporation website.
Some Water Corporation brochures are available in print from the City's Administration Centre, 25 Cedric Street, Stirling.

Water Wise Verge Garden

Verges or nature strips can be water wise, attractive and practical. Consider making you verge a water wise or a water wise native garden.

It is important to keep in mind that the verge, or nature strip, is public space and that the City has a Verge Treatment Policy to ensure it is safe for all members of the public, and also to ensure it is accessible for service provision and maintenance (e.g. electricity, gas, water).

BEFORE STARTING any installation or garden development on your verge please check the requirements within the City's;

Verge Treatment Guidelines (also includes a list of suggested plant species), and
Verge Treatment Specifications.

Water Wise Native Verges

In 2014 the City gave seven verges a water wise native garden makeover as part of a gardening workshop series.
Download the below document for more information and to see pictures and planting maps.
Factsheet Waterwise Verge Makeovers 2014

Street Tree

A street tree is an important part of a water wise verge garden - it provides habitat, shade and much more, for the environment and you.
For more information about getting a street tree or becoming a street tree planting volunteer visit the Street Trees Planting Program page.

Mulch

Unfortunately the City cannot provide mulch to residents. Mulch Net is a popular option for delivery of local free or discounted mulch.

Growing Local Native Plants

Want a water wise garden that also provides food and habitat for native birds, reptiles and insects?

Grow Local Plants Guides have been developed by SERCUL (South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare) as a part of the Fertilise Wise campaign with the support of the Swan River Trust. Three Grow Local Plants Guides are applicable to the City of Stirling;

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Want to know more about native plants?

The Water Corporations  Waterwise Plant Finder will help you identify native plants suitable for your verge and garden.

Look up plant names on FloraBank.

The Backyard Botanicals Garden in Kings Park is a beautiful demonstration garden showcasing easy-to-grow-at-home native plants. Free advice from a horticulturalist on growing native plants is available on the first Wednesday of each month at the Zamia Cafe. Regular plant sales featuring unusual and hard to find natives are held every 3 months by Friends of Kings Park.

The Wildflower Society of WA hold regular plant sales and have a wealth of information about growing and enjoying WA native flowering plants and trees. 

 Nurserys specialising in WA native plants

Worm Farms

Worm farms can reduce the amount of food waste, pet poo and other organic waste in your bin and provide an unlimited supply of natural fertiliser too. The City of Stirling offers recycled wheelie bins for use as worm farms and Doggy Do-Do worm farms. See the factsheets below for more information.

Factsheet: Worm Farms 
Factsheet: What you should know about worms

Some useful links for Worm Farms:

DIY worm farm instructions from Earth Carers

Greenlife Soil Company

Sustainability Asset Management

The Worm Shed

Weather Works

Composting and Bokashi

Outdoor compost bins or tumblers are suitable for large backyards and large families and are suitable for green waste and veggie scraps .

Indoor composting buckets such as the Bokashi method can be suitable for small homes and small families, and are also a good choice to process meat and dairy, waste products that cannot go into traditional compost or worm farm systems.

Earth Carers Guide: Feed Nurture Grow your garden booklet 
Factsheet: Composting

One of the members from the Westminster Community Garden kindly put together this info sheet on making and using Bokashi Bran. 
DIY Bokashi Bran recipe

Growing Your Own Food

Growing your own food is good for your health, great for the environment and it can save you money.

Much of the food in our supermarkets has travelled a long way to reach our suburbs and some of it has spent many months in storage. The distances travelled, in some cases from the other side of the world, contributes to the food's carbon footprint (fuel from transport).

Creating a food garden is a simple and effective way to reduce your impact on the environment. It will also give you the pleasure that comes from growing your own food—there's nothing like raiding your veggie patch for the night's dinner. You'll also enjoy the taste of pesticide-free and truly fresh food. 

Community Food Gardens

Don't have space for a garden or would like to share your interest with others? Consider one of City's community food gardens.
For more information visit the In Your Community page.

Useful Links

PermacultureWest
Sustainable Gardening Australia
Organic Association of WA (OGAWA)
WA Department of Agriculture - pest and disease identification
Seed Savers Foundation - network
The Greenhouse Perth - organic seeds and seedlings

Green Life Soil Company
Landshare Australia