KEEP IT GREEN!! We mentioned before that we can
landscape your yard with native plants. Native plants are plants that grew
naturally in pre-settlement times in this area. There are many benefits to
using native plants in your landscape. Like any plant, they prevent erosion,
reduce glare & noise pollution, provides oxygen and natural cooling, cleans
the air of dust and chemicals, reduces runoff and enhances wildlife. The
benfits of native plants can help the planet and your pocket.
Native plants are adapted to our
climate, soil, insects, and wildlife. They have a greater chance of survival in
our climate and therefore are less likely to need fertilizers, irrigation, and
are much more resistant to most pests and diseases common in this area. You
will notice an increase of wildlife like birds, butterflies, squirrels and
beneficial insects. The native landscape will be lower maintenance; using less
water, fertilizers, and pesticides. It does not cost any more for native plants
as it does for the "exotic" plants that are more and more common in
the landscapes. Going native will save you time and less money for the long
I have included a selection of
native plants that can be used in your landscape. As you can see, native plants
are bright and beautiful and this is just a small sample of the possibilities.
The Armstrong Maple (Acer x freemani) can reach
15' tall in 5 years, requires part sun to full sun orange and red fall color.
The Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is
broad spreading, requires part sun to full sun with summer color.
The Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) will get 1
1/2'-2', requires full sun and blooms late summer.
The Winterberry (llex verticillata) can reach 5'
tall, requires part sun to full sun and blooms in the spring.
The Blue Rug Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis
'Wiltoni') is a groundcover, requires full sun and stays green year round.
The Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida
'Goldsturm') can reach 2' tall, requires full sun and blooms summer and fall.
The Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) can
reach almost 2' tall, requires full sun and blooms in the summer.
The Coreopsis Sunray (Coreopsis grandiflora) can
reach about 2' tall, requires full sun and blooms late spring to fall.
The Lilac Flame Phlox (Phlox paniculata) get about 1' tall, requires part sun to full
sun and blooms in the summer.
Your lawn posses a lot of green
quality besides actually being the color green. The lawn puts off oxygen that
could actually be enough for your entire family. It also converts carbon dioxide
to oxygen which cleans the air. Your lawn also has a cooling effect on the
atmosphere. Imagine how hot is would be if everyone had no lawn. Healthy grass
slows water runoff, removing contaminants and trapping soil. That means less
debris going in the storm drains and less purification process at the
There are a few other things you can
do in your yard to KEEP IT GREEN. Rain barrels are an easy install and saves
you from using your cities water. Use the water that would run out of your gutters
to water your lawn and plants. Not only are you helping the environment but you
don' t have to pay for the water. If you notice some unwanted pests on your
flowers look at natural ways to get ride of them before applying any
pesticides. There are many home remedies that are available for a variety of
problems. Mulching your landscape beds provides organic feed for your plants as
well as retaining water runoff to water them. Creating a compost pile for
leftover foods, leaves, and clippings is a great way to reuse materials in your
yard. Keeping some grass clippings on your lawn is an organic feed for the
You can enjoy a GREEN landscape just
as much, if not more than, a regular landscape. You know that you are doing
something great for the environment.