Tuesday, November 13, 2007

TIP: Use some native plants in the garden

What are the benefits of growing native plants in your garden and landscaping? First off, native plants are better adapted to your area. This means that they require less maintenance and less water. They are also more resistant to pests and diseases. That translates to water savings and reduced use of pesticides and fertilizers. Additionally, native plants attract native wildlife and native beneficial insects. You don’t have to plant 100 percent natives to make a difference, consider just planting a few. (pictured Iridaceae Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

When you grow native plants, you help blend your landscaping with the native landscapes you find outside of your town or city. Try planting your own wild flower meadow. Convert half of your lawn to an eco-friendly meadow and save money and time on the use of fertilizers and weed killers! The US Environmental Protection Agency has an excellent program that encourages the use of native plants for home landscaping called Greenacres.

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