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Native Plant Landscaping

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It is increasingly recommended that native plants (vegetation that grows naturally in particular climates or regions) be used because of their performance, site enhancement, and life cycle cost benefits. 


Native plants typically cost more initially (depending on local availability); however, they are more cost-effective in the long run because they require less water and fertilizer, and are more resistant to local pests and diseases than non-native ornamentals.  Native plants are also known to be very effective in managing storm water because many species have deep root systems which stabilize soil and facilitate the infiltration of storm water runoff.  Additionally, native plants provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.


When selecting native plants for a landscape design, it is important to have knowledge of the site conditions.  Plant materials should be selected for their form, color, and texture, as well as solar, soil, and moisture requirements.  Plants that do well in various microclimates on a site are considered "site appropriate." 

For more on native plants visit:  http://www.macd.org/rollovers/nativeplants/nphome.html

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This page last updated on 10/25/2009.
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