Why Planting Natives to your Region is important
What you put in your yard is as important as where you put it. Not only do plants direct the flow of your landscape, they can also direct water and promote soil retention as well. Native plants are the best to choose from for a multitude of reasons. Here in the foothills and front range, the plants that traditionally grow are purposeful. From providing food to local fauna and roots to improve water permeation, these plants have adapted to the land. Requiring less intervention than non native plants, here is a deeper look at why you should consider plopping local beauties into your space.
Speaking of beauties, beauty is not the first reason to plant natives, however, it is where we will start. Local and indiginous plants to this region are exceptionally unique and planting them in your yard can create a sense of place. Living in the foothills and frontrange, bright green lawns are not a natural phenomenon. Reconnecting your yard with the natural flora not only beautifies your space but also benefits biodiversity, water resources, and the soil.
As mentioned above, local beauties can breed biodiversity. Providing a variety of different flowering plants, pollinator activity will increase as well as aviary action. Here is a list of native plants that are beneficial for the bugs, birds, and bees amongst other beings. Planting natives with varying flowering seasons allows your yard to flourish year round while continually feeding the fauna.
A precious resource, water availability is integral to life for all plants and animals alike. Currently, the average amount of water used for sprinklers in a month stands at around 12,240 gallons. This is assuming a sprinkler system is run for an hour, three times a week, and is only taking into consideration a single property. Multiply that by the hundreds of thousands of systems run throughout our state and nation as well, that is a lot of water used. An incredible way to divert some of this unnecessary water usage is by planting our lawns in a smarter way. Especially here on the front range, green grass lawns are not natural, nor are they almost anywhere shall we note. The amount of water needed to maintain your landscape is drastically less when using native species. The list of native plants above provides a solid overview of what can grow, where, and when. Consult this list and then reach out to us if you are looking for any removal or plantcare services before designing your landscape.
As you can see from above, when considering what to plant in your landscape, put native species at the top of the list. From being cost effective in water and maintenance to supporting local wildlife, planting native plants has never been more important. Bring the foothills and front rage to your front door to benefit your budget and the environment.