Grow Native
Birds & Blooms|February/March 2019
Grow Native

Learn The Benefits Of Adding These Valuable Plants To Your Landscape.

Melinda Myers

THE EFFORT TO GROW NATIVES IS WORTH IT.

These beauties improve the environment in so many ways because they’ve evolved over time with the birds, bees and animals that depend on them. Natives are attractive, remove impurities from the air, release oxygen, and help manage stormwater, reducing the risk of flooding. Their deep roots create pathways for rainwater to move through the soil instead of running off into streets, and they filter out contaminants in the water before it returns to groundwater sources.

It’s worthwhile—and easy—to work natives into your current landscape. No matter the size of your garden, patio, balcony or window box, natives fit in anywhere.

MAKE THE SWITCH

Starting slowly is often the key to long-term success. Look for ways to easily add local plants to existing beds and containers. Fill voids or replace struggling greenery with a native tree, shrub or perennial suited to the growing conditions and decorative needs of your garden. Or dedicate an entire section to natives. Organize in masses or small clusters for the greatest visual impact. Group the plants in a way that allows winged visitors to gather food more efficiently.

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February/March 2019