Use Natives 2018-03-16T19:14:08+00:00

Use Natives

Native plants, shrubs and trees have developed over thousands of years. They are adapted to the local weather, to the local soil and to the other plants and animals indigenous to the area in which they evolved. Most important, natives provide food and  for multiple species of insects, birds, and other native wildlife.

With much of their habitat lost and many native plants replaced with exotics, some wildlife species have become endangered and  their change of survival depends on us. The best way to help is by re-creating natural habitat in our yards and by planting natives. The big advantage of natives is that the require little attention. Natives don’t need watering or fertilizers.

Nurseries, also online, are starting to sell natives, and there are plenty of beautiful species to choose from. We also recommend visiting our open yards and garden events in your area. People who are passionate about sustainable gardening are often willing to share seeds and cuttings. Don’t be too shy to ask.

Please follow the links below and find the right native plants for your yards. Most of the search options offer solutions for specific soils or for areas with deer.