Landscaping with native plants offers a wide variety of benefits for you and the environment. There are around 1,800 species of native Michigan plants. There is a variety of native plants for every type of environment, in a variety of heights, colors, bloom times and foliage.
Landscaping with native plants, why should you do it?
- Native plants are naturally adapted to the weather conditions and soils of the area, and require minimum maintenance once they have become established.
- When planted in the correct location they do not need irrigation, fertilization or winter protection.
- Using native plants can provide food and shelter for wildlife. Native plants attract dragonflies, butterflies, birds and other creatures. The use of these plants helps counterbalance the destruction of habitats from rapid development.
- Native plants produce deep roots that allow for water to soak into the ground, which helps prevent runoff and erosion.
From the list above you can see the different benefits that landscaping with native plants can provide. These plants thrive in their native environments and require minimum maintenance, which means less money out of your pocket in the long run.