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Native Plants For Your Area

March 30, 2008

Natural Landscaping by Lorraine JohnsonLandscaping with native plants is often referred to as Naturescaping. There are many benefits of using native plants, but one61b2zsj25al_ss500_.jpg of the biggest in my book, is less maintenance. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time in my garden but I have many other outdoor interests too.

With natives, you don’t have to worry about invasive plants or huge water bills. Translation: less chemicals and more money in your pocket. Many of these plants only need water to get established the first year then become drought tolerant. (note: drought tolerant DOES NOT mean “no water”, they still need an occasional soak).

Sometimes chemical weed control is necessary, but only when all other options have failed. Chemical runoff by rain has detrimental effects on fish habitats. See my Weed or Not To Weed post for more ideas on weed control without chemicals. Naturescaping preserves biodiversity, which is healthy for you and others.

Plant Native is an organization dedicated to moving native plants and naturescaping into mainstream landscaping practices. They are a great one-stop resource for finding native plants by state, region, or local nursery:

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2008 8:52 am

    A great post with useful information! I love your site!!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    March 9, 2010 7:42 pm

    1. Native plants can still be invasive, although they are usually more ecologically beneficial than non-natives.

    2. When planting natives, be sure to use only local plants in order to preserve local genetic diversity. When too many alien genes are introduced into a native population, the native gene pool becomes vulnerable to extinction. If local natives are not available, it is considered more sustainable to buy non-invasive, exotic plant species (that will not spread or contaminate the native gene pool).

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