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    what native trees cn i plant?

    Ive got about 1/4 acre of grass I don't like mowing so was thinking of planting it out... my theory is native trees attract native birds so what can I plant that likes wet feet in winter and can handle the dry in summer. I mean there was probably a kauri forest here once but I cant really wait 500 odd years

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    Native birds enjoy most Banksia bushes/trees

    They are very Hardy after their first year in the ground.




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    Ive planted flowering cherry, crabapple and one other i cant remember the name off and around my duck ponds iv planted willow,poplar and flaxes.These are atracting tuis and a few others.My plum trees are a favourite with tuis and woodpidgeons as well.

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    I have willow flax poplar and plum trees among other things but no tuis or pigeons the only bird of ay value has been quail maybe I'm too far from the Coromandel? Or maybe cos I'm surrounded by smelly dairy farms lotsa grass not many trees. Should I forget about the birds and plant a mini orchard

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    @scotty

    +1 for Kowhai

    Check out this blog with the top six plants that native birds love
    If birds had green thumbs what would they plant? | Enhancing the Halo

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    [QUOTE=P38;561857]@scotty

    +1 for Kowhai

    Check out this blog with the top six plants that native birds love
    [url=http://halo.org.nz/if


    Cheers for that will save that and get the missus chasing these up

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    I have large flax down one boundary, plenty of Tui's when in flower, mix with Kowhai and Young Kauri and Rimu grow fairly fast for the first few years, it the last 450 they slow down!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmsaum View Post
    Native birds enjoy most Banksia bushes/trees

    They are very Hardy after their first year in the ground.






    Can also be a bit weedy and locally restricted in some areas, so maybe check with the council first. And of course they're Australian!

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    Great you want to plant native- what about some fruit trees? they attract plenty of insects that attract birds and the game goes on and you get fruit?

    Just an idea and not meant to hijack thread.
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    Hi Scotty - great idea and beats a lawn anytime
    I reverted a windy hillside about five years ago and it is really attracting birds now - 1000 trees and 500 flaxes
    I used the iconic trees like Pohutakawa (100), Puriri (100), Karaka, Kanuka, Pittosporums etc - but the real winner that I used for a filler was Pittosporum crassififolium (Karo) (500) - I was fortunate to have Rewarewa all around me so they regenerate on every piece of bare clay bank - brought in by the birds
    If I was going to plant a quarter acre and I wanted the birds - it would also have to look attractive - so you might need a feature tree and then plant around it out to the edges - so maybe a Pohutakawa as the feature
    Then some - Rewarewa - compact and erect - Tui just love the flowers
    Five fingers - compact and erect
    Pittosporum crassifolium - use as a gap filler - the Tui and Bellbird just love the flowers
    Some of the other plants in the Halo link
    As many Flax - Phormium tenax as you can get in - at home we have the variegated yellow ones - very erect with huge flower heads - Tui live in them and love them
    If you want to look at some five years from planting - send me a pm

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    powhutakawa,rata(slow grower i think?) kowhai,hoheria, lophomytus, cabbage tree,... others you could look at not so much for birds would be pittosporums, plagianthus, hebes, tussocks(chionocloa rubra), astelias, lancewoods,flax, manuka, kanuka, clematis, coprosma, corokia.....

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    https://www.boprc.govt.nz/media/2954...ationGuide.pdf

    Good resource, I have and continue to plant out my duck shooting spot using this as a reference sourcing the right plants can be a challenge
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    Scotty - if you want flaxes - give me a pm - just dig them off our existing plants with a very sharp spade - native green or variegated yellow - cut half of the top off and plant them - they never fail if the ground is damp
    Poor bloody Tui - thousands of choices - as well as Pohutakawa flowers - which one next

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonecrusher View Post
    https://www.boprc.govt.nz/media/2954...ationGuide.pdf

    Good resource, I have and continue to plant out my duck shooting spot using this as a reference sourcing the right plants can be a challenge
    That's an awesome reference site @Bonecrusher

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