No matter why you want to attract more wildlife to your garden, planting a few trees around your property can significantly increase the number of birds, insects and bees in your neighbourhood. Some types of tree are more attractive to wildlife than others, so here's an overview of four trees you can plant to attract wildlife to your garden:
Acacia trees have striking pinnate leaves that grow densely on wide-reaching branches. They grow quickly and produce small yellow flowers that are packed with pollen, so they are ideal for attracting bees and small insects. Native birds will shelter in acacia trees, so having one in your garden could allow you to enjoy the sight of baby birds taking flight for the first time.
Eucalyptus trees produce beautiful flowers in a range of bright colours, including pink, orange and purple. The flowers are an abundant source of nectar for native bee species like resin and stingless bees and for colourful birds you'll enjoy seeing flying around your property, such as the scarlet honeyeater, bell miner and eastern spinebill.
Banksia trees produce white or yellow conical flower heads that are made up of hundreds of tiny individual flowers grouped together. Smaller varieties of this tree are ideal for suburban gardens. In addition to attracting birds who feed on the insects living on them, banksia trees also attract small mammals, such as honey possums.
Telopea trees are fairly short, and their beautiful red flowers are often used in floral arrangements. They are popular ornamental trees that can be pruned to increase the number of flowers per branch. The flowers attract a wide variety of native birds, such as the red-browed finch, fairy-wren and welcome swallow.
If you're new to tree planting and maintenance, you may wish to engage the services of an arborist to inspect your property and make recommendations on the types of trees that would be suitable and thrive in your garden. They can also take care of planting and pruning the trees and can inspect your trees each year to check for disease or rot.
Trees are available from most nurseries, but to reduce the costs associated with investing in young trees for your property, seek out a wholesale nursery. They often offer wholesale prices on single trees, so you don't have to be planting an orchard to make savings. Contact landscape tree suppliers in your area to learn more.