Why Native Plants are Better for Landscaping Than Exotic
Previously on the blog, we identified 10 plants native to Missouri for landscaping and gardening. Today, we expand on this topic and discuss the overall advantages of native plants. Whether you have acreage in the country or a single flower bed by your driveway, native plants can benefit your landscape. Read on for all the details in today’s blog from Nixa Lawn Service.
What are Native Plants?
Plants that were brought here from other parts of the world are known as exotic species, while native plants are original to the area. Native plants are those that have thrived locally for centuries, predating the arrival of foreign exotic plants.
Sustaining the beauty of exotic plants often requires a high level of maintenance. Many exotic plants need lots of fertilizer, water, and pesticides, which can be time consuming for a home project. With native plants, you can get more value for your gardening dollar because of reduced maintenance. You rarely have to buy replacements for native plants, as they are tough and long-lasting. Also, native plants’ natural protections make them resistant to pests, drought, and disease.
Diversity and Versatility
Native plants come in many shapes, forms, and colors. Many of these selections can grow in multiple planting sites, including shaded woodlands, dry shade, rocky gardens, and perennial borders. You can create a diverse native landscape with quick-blooming palettes that add beauty to your yard.
Conserve Water and Soil
When growing native plants, you can also enjoy the benefit of conserving water and soil.
Native perennials have lush, dense foliage that stops rainwater from flooding the area.
The deep root systems help prevent soil from eroding by keeping it in place, and they store water where it’s most needed. While stormwater and heavy rainfall are no trouble for native plants, exotic plants are not as adaptable to local weather patterns.
Native landscapes not only benefit the ecosystem, but they also provide habitats for butterflies, hummingbirds and wild animals. These local plants produce nectar, seeds, nuts and fruit for local critters, insects, and other mammals who seek food and shelter.
Landscaping in Springfield, MO
Whether you want to add native plants to your yard or have your whole garden spruced up, Nixa Lawn Service can provide you with the right plants for the job. If you live in the Springfield area, we can help you plant a tree or install a paver patio, as well as handle your basic lawn care needs. Contact us online or call us today at 417-724-0318 to learn more.