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Native Plantings

For the gardnener who is willing to take a walk on the wild side, landscaping with native plants may be the perfect outlet. With so much emphasis being placed on having manicured lawns and hedges that are neat and well-defined, native plants and trees are often rejected in favor of popular non-natives.

Native Plants Have Staying Power
Indigenous plants adapt to changes in their environment and manage to hang in there from season to season. This means that native require less special treatment to maintain heartiness when used in landscaping and often require less water and fertilizer. Some plants present beautiful flowers in spring to attract pollinating insects then produce fruit in the fall to feed birds and small mammals.

Going Native Benefits The Environment
Because native plantings require less water, gardeners who choose this type of landscaping can expect to reduce water usage significantly. With many municipalities issuing water conservation mandates, using native plants is one way to comply and still enjoy beautiful landscaping.

Native Plantings and Wildlife
Real estate developments often misplace wildlife and when the native plants that they depend upon are destroyed, these animals often relocate. Getting rid of certain critters may be desirable in some ways but such migration often causes an imbalance in the number and type of other pests that are left behind. Birds often use native plants for food and shelter. Eastern Red Cedar trees, for example, are known to attract the Northern Mockingbird, Purple Finch, and the Downy Woodpecker. Many birds feed on specific types of insects which reproduce on certain types of plants. If the plants are destroyed, some insects will go missing and the birds who feed exclusively on them will as well. Also, such a population shift allows harmful insect populations to increase which then require pesticides to control.

Native Planting Adds Biodiversity
There are many native plants to choose from, including trees and flowering plants. Composites, or plants made up of many parts, are excellent for attracting beneficial insects. It is important to research what native plants are preferable before adding native plantings to any landscape.