Over time, many ecosystems have experienced a disruption of their natural habitat. The development of commercial, residential, industrial, and farmlands has negatively impacted our ecosystems. One way we can do our part to be good stewards of our property is to introduce native plants into our landscape design.
Incorporating native plants strengthens the ecosystem and can make landscape maintenance easier for you. Not only do native plants provide beauty to your yard, but they also thrive with little upkeep. If you want your landscape to be more in tune with its surroundings, consider these advantages to contribute to ecosystem restoration by using native plants in your design.
What Is Considered A Native Plant?
Native plants are those found occurring naturally in the region where you live. Often, these plants are food sources for the area’s wildlife, including pollinators, birds, and humans. Without these plants, the ecosystem would not survive. Native plants tend to be hardier than ornamental plants as they are specifically suited for your property’s environmental elements. You’ll find that native plants thrive with little maintenance and naturally fit into your landscape.
Conserve Water By Planting Native Plants
Native plants typically require less water as they have evolved to withstand the climate they live. These plants have adapted over time to the local environment, meaning they are accustomed to your local region’s specific weather patterns and elements. You’ll save money and time and consume less of our natural water resources by introducing native plants into your landscape.
Lower Landscape Maintenance With Native Plants
Since native plants have adapted to their environment, they are easier to maintain once they’ve matured. Most native plants can thrive on their own with little intervention except in extreme circumstances. Needing little to no pesticides or fertilizers to grow strong, native plants have evolved their defenses against disease, fungi, insects, and other potentially harmful invaders. You don’t have to use so much pesticide in your yard. Less pesticide and fertilizer use is suitable for your landscape and your wallet.
How To Include Native Plants In Your Landscape
You don’t have to rip out all of your landscaping and start over; you can incorporate native plants as part of your landscape design. Research the native plants in your country region and determine what plants would be best in your yard. Planting plants that naturally thrive in your area will cut down on your overall landscape maintenance and help you contribute to the local ecosystem while boosting your home’s curb appeal.