When you choose a garden for your next project, you should consider using native plants. Native plants are the ones that have been growing in your climate and region for hundreds of years, and there are many benefits to using them.
Landscaping in Rockingham offers native gardens that are low in maintenance. Native plants grow well together and they will grow to a predictable size. They don’t need watering and they do not require any chemical fertilizers or commercial herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. They are adapted to the local conditions and do not require raking because leaves in the native garden are a weed suppressor and soil builder—they are also a natural fertilizer.
While the cost of installing a native garden might be comparable to installing a traditional one, the cost of maintaining it is a lot less. Due to native gardens being able to almost take care of themselves, there is very little maintenance cost to them. In addition, costs associated with maintaining a traditional landscape are an additional expense that does not occur with a native garden.
There is a lot of water consumed every year to water lawns and landscapes, but native plants grown in your yard will require no watering at all. This will save you money, be more economical and environmentally friendly and your landscape will look perfect even in a drought! Native plants do not require irrigation or any additional costs.
Did you know that songbirds prefer native plant gardens? They thrive on the native plants that they are accustomed to. Songbird populations are on the decline due to both urban and rural development. You can give them back some of their natural habitats by planting the trees, shrubs, and plants they’re used to building their nests in.
Support Native Insect Life
The native insects in your climate and region have been thriving there for thousands of years and when you plant something different in the area, it attracts different types of insects and causes an imbalance. When you bring that balance back, the native insect population balances out and you don’t have to put up with as many biting insects as usual. Their predatory counterparts will also thrive in the native garden, which means you have a balanced ecosystem.
Native Plants Are Beautiful
Last, but not least, native plants are just as beautiful as non-native plants. In fact, they may be more so because they thrive in the environment they’re in with very little care. You get to enjoy your fresh cup of coffee or tea in the morning while you’re watching the birds in their native habitat, and you support the natural wildlife around you. That’s what makes these plants so much more beautiful than anything else you could put into your landscape.
Native insect populations and bird populations are suffering due to having an ever-changing environment—provide them with a safe haven in your yard by planting only native plants.