Butterflies use their proboscis to eat. This is a straw-like tube that coils up when they're not using it. They use the proboscis to sip nectar, juice, and water. While the right flowers are a butterflies number one choice, they also love to eat fruit! Juicy fruits like oranges and mushy, ripe bananas are an absolute favourite! There are so many options for you to include in your garden to attract butterflies but here are some of our favourites for you to try in your habitat
Recently we had the pleasure of creating a Butterfly Garden for the kiddies at Varsity College Primary School. The garden has a special focus on the vulnerable Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. We want to give a huge shout out to Bastian Allfrey for his outstanding talent and contribution to this project. Bastian created these stunning images of the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and the butterfly lifecycle using spray-can art! Words can’t describe Bastion's talent, we are blown away
Eucalyptus microcorys, commonly known as Tallowwood is a fast growing gum tree that can grow up to 70 metres in height. Tallowwood is a staple in the koalas diet particularly in the Queensland and New South Wales regions. Koalas aren't the only wildlife that enjoy this species. Bees, nectar-eating birds, flying foxes and possums all enjoy the flowers produced by this stunning gum tree, making it a fantastic addition to your Habitat garden if you can accommodate for larger tre
A koala's diet is almost as unique as the furry marsupial itself. Koalas live almost solely on a diet of Eucalyptus leaves. This is pretty amazing considering that Eucalyptus leaves are highly toxic to almost all other living creatures. The Greater Glider and Ringtail possum are the only other species that eat and can tolerate Eucalyptus leaves. Koalas have a unique digestive system with a large caecum, this helps them to digest the toxic leaves and not get sick. The caecum h
When attracting Butterflies to your garden it is important to plan for all four stages of a butterfly’s life cycle: 🦋Egg
🦋Adult Butterflies are attracted to the strong scent of nectar and love clusters of flowers as this provides some safety for the butterfly while feeding. To read more about how to create your own Butterfly habitat subscribe to our FREE magazine 'A Greener Future' below. Issue one includes an article to help create your own Butter
We love Easter! It's a time to relax, be with family and the only socially acceptable time to eat chocolate for breakfast! Sadly though there is a darker side for our environment. Excessive plastic and packaging materials destined for our oceans and landfill, are just one of the consequences of this holiday. Like always, there are some small things that we can all do to reduce the impact on our Environment. When we all make small changes, it makes a big difference! Would you
With restrictions on outdoor activities due to COVID-19, parents are desperate for activities to alleviate the kids boredom. Eggshells make amazing seed starters and the best part is they are Eco friendly! This is a fun activity for kids and a great opportunity to teach them the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. For step by step activity instructions, subscribe to our FREE magazine 'A Greener Future'. Just scroll to the bottom of this page to subscribe and receiv
Announcing the launch of our FREE magazine! Loaded with heaps of Environmentally focused information. We will cover a variety of topics such as: 🐨Habitat gardens 🦋Threatened species 🌿Eco friendly kid's activities 🐝Eco friendly garden tips 🌺So much more! The first addition of 'A Greener Future' includes Eco friendly Easter ideas, How to create a Butterfly Habitat and features the vulnerable Richmond Birdwing Butterfly plus more! If you are interested in all things green a
More than ever, we are aware of the challenges our Native wildlife are facing. People want to do all they can to help save our unique array of Native Australian animals which are struggling to survive. There are so many ways that you can help, creating a Native wildlife Habitat garden in your backyard is one of them. If you are thinking of doing a garden makeover and are not sure where to start, why not go with a Native Habitat Garden? The opportunities are endless! Not only
Commonly referred to as Native Tea Tree there are endless varieties of this beautiful species available to feature in your garden. The name Tea Tree derives from early settlers soaking the leaves of several species in boiling water to make a tea substitute. Leptospermum can feature as either a shrub or small tree and depending on the variety chosen, the blossoms can vary in colour including cream, pink and mauve. Leptospermum is a low maintenance plant. It attracts a variety
Following the recent Bush fires on the Gold Coast, many of our native wildlife lost their homes. Recently our GLS boy’s Brett and Clay spent a day high up in the trees installing nest boxes at Canungra. These beautiful nest boxes were donated to Wildcare Australia Inc. they will hopefully provide some wildlife with shelter and a place to nest. A variety of nest boxes were installed suitable for all kinds of wildlife including possums, gliders and birds. It was heart-warming t
Native bees are so important! Native bees pollinate native plants, many of which can't be pollinated by introduced bees. If you want to encourage Native bees to your garden, check out our list of Native bee loving plants below. You can also encourage Native bees by minimising pesticide use and providing the materials they need to build a nest. Bees rely on undisturbed patches of bare soil, sand, clay and plant material to build nests. If these types of materials are scarce yo
Brett and the GLS team recently donated their time to collect and deliver Koala poles to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. The wildlife hospital admit over 500 sick, injured and orphaned koalas a year. These very special patients need the most comfortable poles to rest on while rehabilitating. Brett carefully selected the perfect ones! This gorgeous Koala pictured with Brett and Dr Michael Pyne will enjoy these comfy new poles until he recovers and is released back into the wild.
Water is such a precious resource. It is now more important than ever to respect this resource and not be wasteful. Below are a few easy tips for reducing your water consumption in the garden. These are small changes but if done by many will make a big difference. 💧 Select plants that can tolerate dry conditions
💧 Keep your garden well mulched to reduce the need for watering
💧 Ask your local nursery how much water your plants really need – many plants can tolerate less wat
The Blandfordia grandiflora is a stunning native Australian plant, its prominent bell shape and vibrant colours have earnt this unique plant the name ‘Christmas Bell’. This striking plant is an Endangered species grown by only a few specialist propagators. There are permits required for collecting seeds in order to grow the Christmas Bell. The Christmas Bell has no scent making it a great choice for those who may be sensitive to floral smells. The bells are 4 cm long and abou
This month I would like to introduce you to the Native Australian Hardenbergia. This evergreen climber is a great choice to run up a wall or fence. It’s beautiful spikes of vibrant colour are also perfect to grace your garden trellis or arbour. The Hardenbergia genus is a member of the pea flower subfamily of the legume family and there are three species in Australia, growing in areas from Queensland to Tasmania. It is commonly known as Compton coral pea, native lilac vine, w
Do you love wildlife? Have you been thinking about refreshing your backyard with new Gardens and unique Landscaping? Why not combine your love of wildlife and embark on a new backyard with a Native Habitat Garden! Our team have a lengthy history working with wildlife, we have the knowledge and skills to design the perfect Habitat Garden for your space, whether small or large. We will use Native plants endemic to your area to ensure your Habitat garden thrives despite these dr
Adenanthos sericeus Otherwise known as the ‘Woolly Bush’ this attractive native shrub-like tree can be used for contrast in the landscape, as a feature tree or hedged for a unique soft effect.
The soft texture and silver coloured foliage are outstanding features of this species. It produces a lovely pink flower in the Spring and Summer adding to its appeal.
Position: The Woolly Bush prefers dry, well-drained soil in a sunny to lightly shaded position. Interesting fact: The Wo
Can you believe it? While we are still shivering through some chilly mornings spring is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your Spring garden. Whether you want to refresh an existing garden or start something brand new, our team can help with your Landscape Design and Garden care. Contact our experienced team today for a no obligation, free quote. Lets get started! #agreenerfuture