The benefits of design with native plants are numerous, most notably in terms of savings in water, reduction in use of chemicals to establish and maintain the landscape, and reduction in long-term environmental and maintenance costs. Native plants do not require significant quantities of water to become established. To thrive, the natural rain cycle is all that is necessary to sustain these plants. Native plants also offer effective erosion control and act as natural slope stabilizers with there deep rooting characteristics. In terms of aesthetics, native plants will provide a continuity from the man made landscape areas to the adjacent open space, while adding color, texture, and aromatic variation, the presence of native flowering plants will attract a variety of local pollinators and beneficial insects such as songbirds and butterflies, which are delightful for the residents aesthetically, and benefit the environment by maintaining the natural reproduction of the plants and controlling pest insects without the use of fertilizers, insecticides, and other chemical contaminants that pollute the environment.
This alternative approach to large-scale landscaping has several inherent short-term and long-term benefits for the environment, in addition to economic and social benefits that will be realized by those who embrace it.
Recap of benefits:
- It is a concept that is sustainable.
- Provides a better habitat for the native wildlife.
- Eliminates the costs of H2O to HOA’s and LMD’s.
- Eliminates the issue of slopes failing due to Landscape H2O .
- Eliminates the costs of maintenance to HOA’s and LMD’s.
- By bleeding the graded lines with native plants across slopes, the visual impact of development reduced.
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