Making An Outdoor Native Garden

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.

Garden With Steps And Native Plants

Garden With Steps And Native Plants

Tough and independent, plants that grow wild in your region are eco-friendly and low-maintenance guests to invite into your garden.

Garden With Walkway And Native Plants

Garden With Walkway And Native Plants

A native garden enhances local ecosystem services. It produces clean air, better water retention, stability, and sustainable health properties for the soil.

Garden With Boulder And Native Plants

Garden With Boulder And Native Plants

A native garden provides habitat for biodiverse local wildlife, including edible gardens pollinators.

Backyard Garden With Colorful Native Plants

Backyard Garden With Colorful Native Plants

A native garden drastically reduces your water use, waste production and maintenance hours. It improves biodiversity, ecosystem services and human health.

Garden With Ornamental Native Plants

Garden With Ornamental Native Plants

A native garden produces 60% less green waste per year. Integrated in a mulch and compost cycle, the native garden would not produce any green waste.

Garden With Rocks And Native Plants

Garden With Rocks And Native Plants

Although it takes just as much time and patience to put in a native garden as a garden full of cultivated ornamentals, the maintenance required is significantly less.

Native Garden With Gravel Walkway

Native Garden With Gravel Walkway

A native garden requires 70% less maintenance per year.

Outdoor Garden With Native Plants

Outdoor Garden With Native Plants

A native garden provides direct benefits to human health.

Garden With Gravels And Native Plants

Garden With Gravels And Native Plants

A Native garden is dedicated to the philosophy that it is best to plant the proper plant in the right location the first time.

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