A radical shift is taking place in the American landscape. For decades foreign plants that were thought to be superior to our own native species have primarily been used. Looking back, not only do we see that they are not superior, but we are also witnessing the devastating effects that many of these plants have had on our ecosystem. Common invasive plants such as burning bush, russian olive, forsythia, and bradford pears crowd out our native species and spread rapidly by seed. The problem with this infestation is plants that are depended upon by all facets of our ecosystem are disappearing as the dominant non natives take over.
As we begin to understand the intricate role native plants play in our ecosystem we realize how important they really are. They provide food and shelter to countless wildlife that will go extinct without them. They also help to clean our water and air as well as increase our soil fertility and prevent erosion. One of the best parts about using native plants in a landscape setting is that they are very low maintenance once established. They do not need fertilization and rarely need watering. Also, if the correct plant is chosen for a particular spot it will need next to no pruning. Plus, native plants are beautiful! They have incredible seasonal interest and make stepping out into your yard a new experience every day.
With spring right around the corner we encourage everyone to join the gardening revolution and give native plants a chance. We will help out by showcasing one native perennial a month to help our readers know which trees, perennials, and shrubs are perfect for their gardens. And as always, feel free to contact us with any questions!
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