Making An Outdoor Native Garden
If you decide to grow a native garden, you help the planet as well as saving yourself work. There are several ways to create a native garden. And here are some of them. First of all, identify any plants growing in the yard that are natives, as well as any non-native plants that you want to incorporate into a mostly native garden. Think about how you currently use the space and how you intend to use it once the new garden is installed. Identify the types of plant communities might fit best into the area. Native gardens are easiest to design and work best if you use plants in associations that appear in the wild. For example, if your yard is sandy and the climate is hot, consider putting in a native desert plant community. Other possible associations are prairie or woodland communities.
Select plant species for your plant community that thrive in the conditions you have. Buy young plants rather than seeds if you’re in a hurry. Use native plant seeds if you have more time than money. Plant seeds in the fall, broadcasting them by hand to create a natural look. Pull out weeds around new transplants for the first three weeks after planting, and water the young plants generously during that critical period. If you’re sowing seeds, water the area to keep it barely damp until the plants are established if it hasn’t rained. Prairie garden plants as well as trees and shrubs require a few years to develop a root system that will sustain them.