“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” - Gary Snyder
Ahh, Spring at last! There is nothing like the nice warm breeze and swift kick to the sinuses to know that gardening season is here! If you’re like me, you always want your yard and lawn to look good. But if you’re also like me, you don’t want to spend a crazy amount of money doing it. Luckily for us the answer is a lot closer that we think; in fact, it’s literally under our running noses and can be achieved by using the very native landscape of New Jersey. Here are the top 5 reasons to use Plants Native to New Jersey this Season:
Save Money - We all love saving a little cash here and there, and planting with Native Plant species can do the trick. It turns out that nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day. By using those plants that evolved for survival within your local climate and environment, you can reduce the need for irrigation by 75%. This is especially important in an era of extreme climate change and water shortages.
Bring Back Native Animal Habitat - Ever wonder how Animals become endangered? More times than not it’s because their habitat has been removed. When you plant native plants to New Jersey in your garden, you are creating a whole new ecosystem in your yard from the bottom up. Native Plants attract native insects, which attract native birds, and the chain continues to go. As a result, your garden and landscape will flourish with not only plants but wildlife as well.
Low Maintenance - Planting Natural Plants to the habitat is well… Natural. It’s like putting a fish in a pond there isn’t really much to do except watch the fish grow. This allows you more time to sit back relax and enjoy your yard.
Reduce Or Eliminate Chemical Use - I don’t think anyone wants a science experiment in their backyard and by using fertilizers, and pesticides it’s honestly a gamble. Approximately 200 million pounds of pesticides are used by American households and businesses each year. Studies have shown that when chemical fertilizers are mixed with even a single pesticide, their harmful effects (including immune, neurological and endocrine deficiencies and cancer in humans) are compounded. The use of native plant species significantly reduces the need for herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers by 90%.
Preserve The Natural Landscape - No yard is perfect, but it is possible to make your yard stand out! In the ever growing trend of invasive plant species most yards kind of look the same. By using native plant species, you’re not only contributing to your local ecosystem, you’re actually making your yard aesthetically stand out by default! It’s a great way to start a conversation and get the neighbors on board by bringing back the Native New Jersey Habitat.
As always OakTree Realty is here to help. For more information on how to help the New Jersey Native Landscape please visit http://www.restorenativeplants.com/