You may wish to improve your home’s curb appeal (Curb Appeal Projects) with beautiful landscaping. When you move into a new home, you may want to improve or add landscaping for your own enjoyment and for entertaining your friends and family. When planning your lawn and gardens, consider using predominantly native plants. While most of what you see at the local garden shop comes from other regions of the country or even other countries, more sources for native plants are popping up today because environmentalists and homeowners understand the many advantages of sticking with plants natural to the territory.
Native plants grow and establish themselves more quickly in their native environment. Evolution has caused certain plants to thrive in particular areas. A region has soil types, average precipitation amounts, sun intensity, temperatures, and winds. Roots can go deeper, and plants grow taller in the right soil under the right conditions. Growing plants from other locales, not ideal for your climate or soil type, is simply harder. Grass counts, too. If instead of planting grass better suited for a golf course, you opt for native grasses or ground cover, you’ll mow less, need less reseeding and fertilizing.
Native plants need less watering, won’t likely need fertilizers or pesticides. They may also help prevent soil erosion because of a sturdy and deep root system. Native plants improve the air quality by storing excess carbon. Reduced watering and fewer chemicals benefit the environment. Using native ground cover instead of grass also means less pollution from lawn mowing. A natural habitat helps the animal world, too. Native plants promote everything from microscopic organisms in the soil to birds, bees, and butterflies. If you’re a bird lover or would like to see more butterflies, know that native bushes, trees, and flowers support many more species. In the “save the earth” department consider that plants that haven’t traveled halfway around the world also already have a much smaller carbon footprint.
If you water less and don’t need fertilizers or pest repellents, you, at the very least, save time and the cost of those three things. If you pay a landscaper to manage your yard, you will save considerably more money. The cost of the plants vary, but because of the environmental benefits there are groups and organizations emerging every day that can provide inexpensive ways to get the plants you need. Plants grow easily and groups often share and exchange plants, seeds, and bulbs. Check your area for native plant nurseries and organizations.
Some people think native gardens are “messy” and they are right. Compared to traditional gardens, they look less pristine and more “wild and wooly.” If you think gardens should look neat and tidy, you may need to adjust your thinking a bit, but the feeling of being in a natural setting will grow on you. Just like with traditional gardens, with natural environment gardens planning is important. Once you design and implement the plan, maintenance becomes easier because the plants are where they feel most comfortable. Lowering maintenance time and costs gives you more time to enjoy life.