The Benefits of Having Native Trees and Plants on Your Property

January 29, 2020 12:32 am Published by Leave your thoughts

More and more gardeners are focusing on creating habitats on their properties that are primarily made up of native plants. By “native plants,” we mean those plants that would naturally be found in that region. Without native plants and the insects that evolved alongside them, local birds and animals would not be able to survive.

Here are just a few examples of some of the many benefits associated with putting local plants and native trees in Newton, MA on your property:

  • Environmentally friendly: By implementing native plants into your gardening and landscaping, you can do your part to help combat climate change. Native plants are highly effective at storing carbon dioxide, and if you use more native plants instead of just opting for large grassy areas, you can cut down on the amount of noise and carbon pollution generated by lawn mower exhaust.
  • Aesthetically pleasing: There are all kinds of landscaping strategies you can employ to make your property look great, but there’s nothing that quite matches a landscape dotted with native plants. Many native plants provide beautiful flowers and different seasonal colors.
  • Better for wildlife: Native plants and trees offer much-needed habitats for birds and other wildlife, including many species of butterflies and moths, hummingbirds, bees and bats. They also provide shelter for small mammals. Native nuts, fruits and seeds from these plants are essential sources of food for wildlife. In many areas, native wildlife has been shut out from its natural habitats by humans, but landscaping with native plants and trees can help you ensure those animals have a place to survive and thrive.
  • Conserve water: Native plants are adapted do your local environmental conditions. This means they won’t need nearly as much water, which will be much better for the environment and also significantly cut down the amount of money you have to pay on your water bills.
  • Low maintenance: Beyond the lower water requirements for native plants, you also don’t have to worry as much about other forms of maintenance with native plants. After all, they have evolved and adapted for the exact environmental conditions in your area. This means that once they’re established, they can generally be left to their own devices. You may need to cut them back every now and then to prevent them from spreading too much, or water them in periods of little rain, but for the most part you can expect it to be much easier to care for native species of plants than non-native species.
  • Healthy for people: Did you know that the average suburban lawn has about 10 times more chemical pesticides per acre than farms? Opting for native plantings for your landscape and cutting down on your reliance on grass will in turn cut back the amount of chemicals you apply to your landscaping, which creates a healthier environment for yourself, your family and the local wildlife.

For more information about the benefits of native trees and plants in Newton, MA, contact the experts at BBD Tree Service today.

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