The Benefits to Going Native

Native species used in landscaping

Luckily, there are a wide variety of gorgeous native plants to choose from when designing your home’s front or backyard.

Exotic plants may be pretty to look at, but incorporating them into your home’s landscaping can be a nightmare. Plants like bamboo and kudzu may make great visual additions to your garden, but the effort involved in taking care of them and keeping them contained is more than many homeowners can handle.

Luckily, there are a wide variety of gorgeous native plants to choose from when designing your home’s front or backyard. Read on to find out all the benefits of using native plant species in your landscaping!

A Home for the Wildlife

Native plants provide local wildlife with a refuge in the face of their rapidly disappearing natural habitats. When housing developments and urbanization remove large swathes of local flora, the animals and insects have to get creative in order to survive. This can mean long-term damage to local plant communities as the fauna eat through the remaining plants in order to avoid starvation, or it can mean raccoons and deer munching their way through your trashcans and gardens.

Incorporating native plants into your urban or suburban landscape allows you to provide protective cover for many animals, and foods such as seeds, nuts, fruits, and insects for squirrels, birds and other animals.

Prevent Plant & Animal Invasions

By using native plants in your landscape, you help limit the chances that potentially invasive, exotic plant or animal species will be introduced into the environment around your home.  Importing exotic, non-native species also brings the risk of invasive insect and animal species. Human assistance has allowed Asian long-horned beetles, the emerald ash borer, and other insects to invade gardens and farms all over the country.

Additionally, plants like bamboo and kudzu are pretty to look at and very easy to grow, but are difficult to control. They can easily overwhelm the local flora, killing weaker species and spreading across lawns and forests like an infestation. Help boost your local ecosystem by incorporating the native plants that actually belong there!

Ready for the Landscaping professionals to lend you a hand?

If you think you are ready to start getting your yard back to all of its verdant glory then you can contact Rhine Landscaping by giving us a call at 410-442-2445. We have the knowledge your lawn needs to get it ready for summer. You can also contact us on our website. We can help you plan, plant, and create the yard of your dreams. You can also check out our blogs to stay on top of landscaping trends and tips.

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