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What Are the Benefits of Native Plants?

We get asked a lot about our plant usage philosophy at Greenscape Geeks. Our answer is simple and that we don't mind telling anyone who asks; planting with native plants is the best way to have low maintenance landscaping while bolstering an eco-friendly space for birds, bees, beneficial bugs, and others. Listed below are just a few reasons to let Greenscape Geeks landscape architects use your property as a blank canvas to create a beautiful masterpiece!

Just like a home-field advantage in sports, native plants are adapted to the local climate and thrive in the weather of their distinctive region. This advantage extends to soil conditions where they naturally occur as well, whether it be sandy, silty, loamy, or a combination of the three. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds, and other animals. Unlike natives, ornamental and non-native horticultural plants do not provide mutually energetic rewards for their visitors and often require insect pest control to survive.

Other benefits of native plants include heartier fertilization (by requiring less) and fewer pesticides to keep them healthy. Interestingly, native plants require less water than just plain grass lawns and help prevent erosion in areas of concern. Pair some deep-rooted species with a hardscaping project through Greenscape Geeks for a native plant nursery in your front yard!

Sustainable Landscaping Through Soil and Water Retention

Amazingly, the deep root systems of many native Midwestern plants increase the soil's capacity to store water making drought-resistant landscaping easy to implement. This can significantly reduce water runoff and, consequently, flooding. The picture below shows how long-established plants can work wonders for soil structure.

Photo courtesy of National Geographic

Healthier Air from Healthy Plants

It should go without saying that all plants help reduce air pollution, but plants grown in their native region may filter more the air more effectively. Think about how much less work a plant will have to do if its temperature and soil nutrient needs are met (i.e. a native species). This spare energy can be used to grow big and strong, thus becoming a more effective carbon filter, at no extra cost. In conjunction with filtering air more effectively, native plant landscapes also require less lawn mowing. This reduces the carbon footprint from burning fossil fuels, oil leaks or spills, and time spent re-threading a weed wacker or sharpening lawn-mower blades.

Creating More Natural Habitat for the Local Ecosystem

If you're looking for an easy way to increase the natural habitat for insects and animals in your yard, native plants are the way to go. Greenscape Geeks is a landscaping company with years of design talent and science know-how to make sure the good critters feel welcome in your yard. Read what our resident homesteader and guest blogger, Alicia Owen, what she does with her leaf litter during the fall months here! With the right companion planting and fertilizing plants, promoting a biodiverse landscape is easy. Biodiversity is also critically important for the overall health of an area of land and with a place for animals to rest, eat, and take shelter, you've got your own zoological preserve! Last but not least, native plants are a gorgeous and savvy way to increase long term property value with proper maintenance like pruning, aeration, and soil amendments (some of the services we offer).

Indianapolis Landscaping and Beyond

If you have any other questions regarding native plants and what you can do to improve the ecological health of your property, contact Greenscape Geeks today for an estimate. We would be thrilled to construct your custom landscaping vision for an urban oasis you can be proud of. Follow us on our social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Anchor for more insights, interviews, and inspiration to come this year.