Why Grow Native Plant Species?
There are more reasons than you may think.
Maintaining or planting native plants in the landscape is advantageous for a variety of reasons. For instance:
- Native species tend to be better adapted to the site, and therefore require less water, fertilizer and special care.
- They are generally long-lived or self-perpetuating, so you won’t find yourself replanting year-after-year.
- Because they require less care, you’ll end up spending less overall on the maintenance of your property.
- And because less overall care is required, you’ll be able to spend more of your time doing things other than yard work.
- Because reduced amounts of fertilizers, insecticides, and fungicides are likely to be required, there will be a reduced risk of negative impacts to people, pets, wildlife, and the environment.
- Native species planted together based on the plant communities in which they naturally grow, become examples of naturally resilient local habitats.
- Native species also attract local birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects, increasing native biological diversity and value of your property.