Sustainable Gardens

What our gardens do for us

Albury’s suburban gardens don’t just make our city more attractive – they also help us by regulating microclimates around our homes. They act as natural air-conditioners by providing shade and lowering temperatures in summer, which can reduce the amount we spend on artificial airconditioning.

Go local, go native

Suburban gardens in Albury have traditionally been planted with non-native species. These exotic plants have been a big factor in the problem of garden escapees and environmental weeds placing increasing pressure on biodiversity.

The trend towards using local native species in gardens is helping to redress the damage. Suburban gardens planted with local natives contribute to biodiversity by providing habitat for native animals, as well as reducing the risk of environmental weed invasions. Local natives also tend to be more hardy and drought tolerant than exotics.