Planting Native Just Makes Sense!

     

    Planting Native Just Makes Sense!
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    Did you know? Native plants are the ticket to an easy, inexpensive and environmentally friendly garden. Native plants are hardy and they adapt well to the soils and climate that they grow in. What does this mean for you? You have more time and money to enjoy Minnesota’s short lived summers! Why you say?  Native plants allow you to water less! They require little more water than normal rainfall and you preserve our precious water resources! Native plants also help storm water runoff infiltrate into the soil with their extensive root system recharging ground water and preventing flooding. Fertilize less – in fact native plants improve your soil fertility! Native plants flourish in native soils and even pull excess nutrients out of stormwater runoff before it enters our local water bodies. That means, you are doing your part to keep our beautiful Lake Minnetonka and other Minnesota lakes clean and healthy! Weed your garden less – native species resist invasion of alien plant species. Seems like a no brainer! Native plants also attract wildlife by providing food and shelter. You can even choose your plants by the type of wildlife you hope to attract for the habitat in your area. Minnesota hosts a large variety of beautiful and functional native flowers and grasses. For example you can plant a colorful native prairie butterfly garden with Prairie Milkweed, Black-Eyed Susan, Pasque Flower, Rough Blazing Stars, and Little Bluestem. Also, a majority of native plants are perennials, which means you save yourself a trip back to the nursery next year! You can learn more at : www.bluethumb.org

     

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