Top 3 Secret Benefits of Native Plants That will Save You Time and Money
The benefits of native plants for landscapers are many. The benefits of using native plants for the environment are also great.
Native plants are plants that have lived in an environment for more than hundreds of years, without much human influence.
If you want your garden or backyard to look good all year round, you should consider the benefits of planting native plants.
Why not Foreign Plants?
Unfortunately, many people don’t know the benefits of planting native plants and instead plant invasive foreign plants.
Too many foreign, exotic plants contribute to less wildlife. This is because many species of wildlife are being threatened by habitat loss, which is being caused partly by the growing amount of foreign plants.
Native Plants Benefits
Planting native plants is the best thing for the environment and for landscapers as well.
Since domestic plants are so hardy, they tend to be slow growing at first, but after they have been established you can reap all of the benefits of having native plants in your yard.
Native plants will give your backyard or garden a more natural look without the maintenance and the costs. Learn why this is as we uncover 3 little known benefits of planting native plants.
1. Save Money, Time and Effort
Purchasing imported plants is more expensive (factor in the transportation costs). Imported plants also need more maintenance and more water.
You can conserve water by planting native plants. You only need to water them while they are getting established. They have existed for hundreds if not thousands of years in your environment, so they can survive on their own. Another benefit of native plants is that they are very drought resistant (due to their very deep roots).
With native plants there is less need for fertilizer and insecticides, they are easy to overwinter, and they are generally disease free.
With imported plants, if you miss one maintenance routine, the quality and look of the plant may wither.
2. Hidden Value
Many native plants are just as uniquely beautiful as foreign plants. They just aren’t as popular because they aren’t sold in nurseries as much as exotic foreign plants are.
Sadly, many Americans don’t get a chance to see the beautiful native plants because they aren’t as popular.
In fact, American tourists have visited other countries and been amazed at the beauty of their plants, only to realize later that they were plants native to America.
Here are a few more hidden benefits of native plants:
-cleans the rainwater and runoff that goes into our aquifers
-stronger fragrance and aroma
3. Save the Wildlife
Native plants and trees have coevolved with native species for millions of years. Native species are fonder of plants and trees that are familiar to them. This is because the native species’ depend on the native plants for their survival.
By planting native plants, you can provide your local wildlife with their natural habitat.
Planting native plants in your yard will bring you many types of birds, butterflies, and bees (processes such as pollination are easier done with native plants).
In the end, you will enjoy reaping the benefits of native plants while ensuring the survival of many species, which is a win-win for you and the animals.