- Butterflies and songbirds benefit from the diversity of food, cover, and space in a natural planting, and add to the pleasure your home provides.
- Native landscaping saves precious time and expense and lessens our dependence on chemicals and non-renewable resources. It is unnecessary to resort to artificial methods of maintenance such as adding fertilizers and pesticides, mowing and irrigating.
- Native plants are well adapted and can survive bitter, cold winters and hot, dry summers.
- Native landscaping soaks up rainfall and consequently reduces runoff of nutrients and chemicals into our lakes.
- A native landscape is dynamic. Interesting flowers, shapes, colors, and textures vary from week to week, season to season, year to year. The splendid diversity favorably contracts to a traditional landscape.
- Discovering the wonders of nature is an exciting reward.
Ecological and environmental considerations:
- In the United States, lawns occupy more land than any single crop, including wheat, corn or tobacco. (Newsweek June 21, 1993)
- Ten times more chemical pesticides are applied to lawns than farm crops. (Newsweek June 21, 1993)
- Of the 34 major lawn care pesticides, 32 have not been tested for their long-term effects on humans and the environment.
Native plants and design choices.
A well planned landscape that includes native plants to accent each season is a valuable asset to your property. Your site characteristics will determine the type of planting for successful results.
You can employ different degrees of native plantings on your property.
- Incorporate native trees and shrubs into a traditional landscape.
- Replace a high maintenance annual garden with a butterfly or prairie garden.
- Design small islands of plant communities.
- Naturalize an entire yard, include a border, (lawn, shrub,fence, between your yard and your neighbor's property.
- Cooperate with your neighbors to integrate native landscapes or to create a natural corridor through your yards.
Whatever option you choose, a native landscape will benefit or land, restore a home for wildlife, and provide a satisfying experience for all.