Weekly Health & Green Tips
Each week, a new letter of the alphabet is introduced that represents a simple idea – a reminder of the small things we can do to make a big difference in the health of our families and the well-being of our planet.
N=Plant Native Plants
Landscaping around your home is a great way to improve curb appeal. Lush lawns, green plants and colorful flowers are a welcome sight in any yard. However, choosing the wrong plants for your landscaping could put an unnecessary strain on your water bill and our natural resources. Native plants, or plants that naturally appear in your local area, require less intervention from you to thrive. They can often be sustained with little more than rainfall, and most require no additional chemicals or pesticides for maintenance. Landscaping with native plants means less expense and less work for you in the long run! The typical single-family suburban household uses at least 30% of their water for outdoor irrigation. Simple Tips For Choosing Native Plants
- Get help from your state’s conservation office. Sometimes called an extension office, the department responsible for agriculture or conservation in your state can usually give you a list of all the plants that are native to your area.
- Have your soil tested. Not all soil is the same, even within a small region. Testing the pH of your soil will help you determine which types of plants will do best in your yard.
- Be inspired by nature. Remember that you’re imitating what occurs naturally, so head to a local nature preserve to observe how plants are growing on their own in your area.
Landscaping with native plants is an easy way to enjoy the benefits of plant life around your home without having to invest a lot of time or money. Learn More Visit PlantNative.org for more information on the benefits of naturescaping. For-Wild.org offers a comprehensive guide to selecting native plants for your area.