Why You Need To Plant Native

By the Organization for Landscaping With Native Plants


Landscaping for the Future
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Why Should You?

There are several reasons why you should plant native plants vs. invasive plants. Here are just a few

  • It can save you water
  • It is low maintenance
  • Helps Wildlife in several ways
  • Prevents invasive plants from spreading

Now you may be asking yourself how planting native plants can achieve the things mentioned above. It can save you water because it is adapted to the climate you put it in. Once in the ground it is in an environment that it knows and it can survive strictly on rainfall. It is low maintenance because they need little to no pesticides because once again they are adapt to surviving with the native wildlife.

Ok now we move on to the wildlife. By planting native plants you provide food, shelter, and a place to reproduce naturally. We have taken 54% of the land in the U.S. and turned it into suburbs and cities. We have taken 41% of the land and used it for agriculture. That is 95% of all the land in the U.S.!

You might be thinking "We have parks and places where we can't build. Isn't that enough?" The answer is no. There aren't enough parks and they don't house enough land to support all the wildlife.

How can you?

Research native plants and plant those! Don't be afraid that you won't get the "pretty" plants. There are tons of plants that are native to your area that are colorful and beautiful! By planting native plants you are helping or in some cases saving the ecosystem. You are increasing biodiversity! The native plants generate oxygen and clean water, help the topsoil, creates a buffer for bad storms, and finally they can counteract the human induced climate change.