As time has progressed, and continues to this day, the natural habitat of many ecosystems is disturbed due to developments of industrial, commercial, residential, and farmland. With that comes the loss of native plants to the area. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t include native plants to your landscape design. In fact, incorporating native plants can actually make landscape maintenance easier for you. Not only will you have less work to do to keep your property beautiful and healthy, but you’re helping contribute to the restoration of the native ecosystem in your area.
Native plants are those that naturally occur in the region in which they live in. Many of these native plants are a food source for wildlife, include birds and humans. If these native plants cease to exist, there’s the chance that much of the local wildlife wouldn’t survive. So, if you’re working on a landscape design for your property, and want something that is easy to maintain, consider the following reasons as to why you should add native plants.
Require Less Water
By adding native plants, they actually require less water to maintain. That is because they’ve evolved to withstand the climate that they grow in. Because they adapt to their local environment, they require less water to grow and stay healthy. When plants need less water from you, that saves you time, money, and our precious natural resource of water.
Just like native plants adapt to the environment and require less water, that also means they are easier to maintain. Once they’ve matured, you can let them grow on their own and thrive in their natural environment.
Typically Low Invasive
Invasive plants can wreak havoc on your garden and landscape. If you have an invasive plant that pushes its way throughout your landscape, it takes over the homes of other plants which controls the growth of them too. They take more of the nutrients and food needed for the plants to thrive, essentially killing the other plants around them.
Native plants are rarely invasive, meaning they won’t take over the other plants in your garden. This will make maintaining your landscape easier and less expensive.
Minimal Fertilizer or Pesticides Needed
Another benefit to native plants that make maintenance easier is that they need little to no fertilizer or pesticides to thrive. Since native plants have evolved to grow in the climate they are in, the plants are strong enough to defend themselves against any insects, disease, and fungi. With their own defense system, you won’t have to spray them with pesticides or use fertilizer nearly as often, or ever.
Reducing the amount of fertilizer and pesticide use will save you time and money. Not only that, but it also helps reduce the pollution in your environment, and help prevent hurting or killing other plants in the area.
Restores the Natural Habitat
One of the main benefits of using native plants is that you’re helping to restore the natural habitat in your area. Many native plants produce food for birds. So, by including native plants in your landscape, you’re also creating a food source for the wildlife around to live.
Make Sure to Do Your Research
Not to sound cliché, but research is key. If you’re located in Phoenix, AZ, for example, then here is a list of plants that would constitute nativity. However, if you’re located in other parts of the globe, that list will be much different. Make sure to do extensive research online before committing to spending hundreds of dollars on plants that aren’t actually native, and thus require much more attention and additional costs to maintain and keep healthy.
Using native plants in your landscape will not only make your maintenance of it easier, but it will also help contribute to the environment. The more we can do to maintain the natural habitat we’re in, the better.