Planning some new landscaping?
Planting native provides many benefits for the environment and landowners:
- Helps preserve biodiversity
- Attracts native wildlife including mammals, birds, butterflies and bees and other beneficial insects. Native wildlife much prefer native plants for their habitat, protective cover and food sources.
- By planting native, rather than non-native or invasive species, you reduce the spread of invasive species which can cause harm to our local ecosystems.
- Low maintenance
- Require less watering as natives can usually thrive on rainfall alone.
- Natives out-compete more effectively with weeds because of their larger root systems.
- Little to no fertilizer or pesticides are needed as native plants have developed their own defenses against pests and diseases.
- Saves you time and money!
- Environmental and public health benefits from less water usage and reduced fertilizer/pesticide use.
- They are beautiful! Many native plants produce colorful flowers, fruit, seeds, and fall foliage.
Below is a document we have prepared of native plants:
Print it out and use it as a reference when planning your gardens!
The Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District annual participates in the Turner Ashby Native Tree Sale. Check back in the spring for more details and order information!