Promoting the Use of Native Plant Species in the Home Landscape

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Why Use Native Plants?

Native plants are recommended because once planted in a suitable site and established they:

  • Thrive in local soil types and weather conditions
  • Offer natural tolerance of many diseases and pests
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides
  • Minimize or eliminate the need for irrigation
  • Reduce runoff and erosion by efficiently soaking up rain
  • Provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and other wildlife
  • Provide a dynamic show year-round due to the variety of their flowers, shapes, colors, and textures