Using Native Plants in Landscaping: Dispelling Popular Misconceptions

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landscapingSummer is nearly here, which means countless homeowners are readying their gardens for the season. Most people know that plant selection can have a big impact on the aesthetic quality of your garden, but it can also actually save you money. By selecting and placing your plants properly, you can potentially lower your heating a cooling costs by 20%! Still, some plants fare better in certain regions and soils than others. Native plants have become more popular in recent years — in fact, 92% of homeowners adding plants to their yards have chosen ones that are native to their area — but are native plants always better? They certainly have their advantages, but not every native plant is created equal. Let’s take a closer look at some popular misconceptions about native flora below.

MISCONCEPTION: I’ve let my garden grow wild, so I guess I’m part of the native plant trend

Actually, “native” and “wild” are not the same thing. Certain wild plants may have naturalized in this region at some point, but they often aren’t native. In fact, many wild plants that grow “naturally” are highly invasive species and may totally derail your gardening plans! Wen you’re talking about installation of plant material, you will likely want to ask your landscaping service about native plants that will work well for you. But that doesn’t mean you have an excuse not to weed your garden or mow your lawn for a long period of time.

MISCONCEPTION: Native plants are always highly sought-after

There are certain native plants you’ll never want to come into contact with, like poison ivy and poison sumac. And while some people believe native plants have fewer problems with insects and disease, this isn’t always true. When it’s left to grow in a natural landscape, these issues might not be immediately recognizable. But in a garden or cultivated landscaping project, these problems will be quite obvious. Using certain native plants can be highly beneficial, but it’s best to consult with professional landscaping companies about which kinds they would recommend.

MISCONCEPTION: Native plants don’t require as much maintenance

Many native plants will require extra water and nutrients just like the rest of the species in your garden. This is especially true right after planting so that it can become established. In addition, many native plants don’t do well in droughts and others require more water than you might think. You can’t simply “set it and forget it.” Whether they’re native plants or not, they are living things and do require care, particularly after they’ve been planted during a landscaping project. Your landscaper can advise you on how to care for your plants to make sure they thrive.

Want to learn more about using native plants in your yard? Our experts can help design a project that fits your style and needs perfectly. Contact Waynesboro Nurseries today to get started.

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