Local native (indigenous) vegetation provides habitat in the form of hollows, nesting material, shelter and food sources for native wildlife. Indigenous vegetation prevents soils from eroding and protects our water quality. Indigenous plants also look great.
Indigenous vegetation is classified into plant communities and Frankston City has 23 different plant communities on public and private land. A number of these communities are endangered and support threatened plant species.
Vegetation management on your property
Private property can be a valuable food source, shelter or provide a linkage between larger patches of vegetation for wildlife.
Planting indigenous trees, shrubs and ground covers on your property will greatly improve native vegetation coverage. Council has its own indigenous plant nursery where you can purchase plants or seek helpful advice.
Weed control is critical to maintaining and improving the conservation values of your property. Vegetation becomes degraded if weeds take over. Environmental weeds stop native plants from regenerating and reduces habitat and food sources for our native animals.
Frankston City Council have different controls to protect trees and native vegetation throughout the municipality. Before removing, destroying or lopping any vegetation within the municipality, please contact Frankston City Council to check what vegetation controls apply on your property.
Ecological Vegetation Classes
Vegetation communities are groups of plants that share a common environment. Species are indigenous to that place and naturally occur together because they have similar needs.
Frankston City has at least 16 vegetation communities. These are referred to as Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs):
By planting indigenous species you also attract and support native wildlife like butterflies, birds, frogs and insects. A diverse range of indigenous and native plants can be purchased at Frankston’s Indigenous Nursery.
If you are looking for more advice on how to create an indigenous wildlife garden you can register for our free Gardens For Wildlife program.