What Are The Benefits Of Landscaping Using Native Plants?
Having a backyard is never something we should take for granted – not everyone is lucky enough to have one or enjoy caring for it, so when we have the opportunity, it’s essential to get it right from the start. Landscaping doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money, and many people find it extremely relaxing, enjoying it as a hobby rather than a chore. Don’t forget, though, that if you’re not green-fingered and you don’t enjoy gardening, you can always employ someone with garden design expertise to do the work for you.
It’s also good to use the correct plants in our yards, and native plants are the best choice of all. Here are some of the benefits of using native plants when landscaping the backyard; read through the list, and you’ll be keen to make a start.
More Resistant To Local Weather
Native plants, because they started life in the area, will be used to the weather conditions of wherever it is you live in the country. This means they can withstand the hottest summer days in Florida or the cold chills of a New England fall morning.
Not only does this mean that the plants you spend your money on will last for longer during the current season, but if you choose perennial plants, they will survive and come back the following year, saving you money and effort. You won’t have to buy new plants to replace them (although buying new plants to add to the yard can always be an enjoyable task), and you won’t have to dig up the dead plants and plant new ones.
Native plants are known to typically be more disease-resistant than non-native plants. They can better withstand drought and other risks that are found in their own environment, and what’s more, they often grow quickly, meaning that the chance for weeds to spring up is limited – they are ‘drowned out’ by the native plants you have chosen for your yard’s landscaping.
In addition, there is less maintenance required all around when you have native plants growing in your backyard. A lot of native plants can protect the soil as they grow, and that stops it from becoming overwatered and flooded, keeping the soil rich and healthy, bringing more and more flowers and plants to life in the process, and you’ll barely need to do anything to encourage this growth.
They Won’t Be Invasive
If you have had experiences in the past where you have planted something, and it then went on to take over your yard, making it difficult to grow anything else and giving you a big job to do in terms of upkeep, you may be wary about doing so again. However, that won’t be the case with native plants.
Native plants are very rarely, if ever, this invasive. That means you can plant what you want where you want, without needing to be concerned that everything will become covered by just one plant in the end. That saves you time and money, and makes your yard look more attractive too.