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Benefits of Using Native Plants in Landscape Design.

People have a lot of plants in their yards but a huge percentage have not yet tried native plants. Native plants are plants that grow in a particular region without human intervention. Native plants are a sanctuary to a lot of creatures but they are slowly being replaced by exotic plants in most areas. Growing these plants in your yard will give you the same benefits that exotic plants provide or even more. If you live in the US, you can buy all types of seedlings including native plants from various stores or order plants online.

The use of native plants in landscape design give you the benefit of low maintenance cost. Native plants are tailor-made for particular regions where they grow naturally hence requiring little care. Native plants need less fertilizers, watering and pesticides than exotic plants because they are resistant to drought, diseases and pests. Buying fertilizers now and then and also paying for lawn maintenance services can burn a hole in your wallet. Once native plants are planted, their deep roots enable them to survive harsh environmental conditions such as snowy winters and draught periods.

Another advantage of including native plants in your landscape is that they attract beautiful wildlife such as butterflies in our compound. This is because birds, insects and mammals find shelter in these plants in search for nectar, fruits and nuts. You can enjoy a close encounter with wild life by taking part in saving some animals and insects species from extinction through giving them shelter in your garden.

You will also be taking part soil and water conservation by planting native plants in your yard. You can prevent soil erosion and flooding with the use of native plants because they have deep roots that prevents water from carrying the soil and also prevent storm water from getting wasted into waterways by filtering it to encourage dripping rather than flooding. Native plants also need less pesticides and herbicides as well as watering. We cause more harm to the environment when we use a lot of chemicals when maintaining our yards because these chemicals get into the soil and also into water systems.

We can restore the beauty of natural diversity by maintaining our region’s native plants. The trees and other plants growing in a particular region gives t some difference from other regions. A new town can be more enjoyable if the plants growing in that region are different from the plants that we regularly see at home. Most exotic plants will be found in almost each garden you visit but planting native plants will bring in some uniqueness in your garden and frequently remind you what is interesting about the region where you live.

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