By gardening with native plants, you’re directly supporting nature by establishing a beautiful, beneficial landscape. August’s cooling temperatures make it the perfect time to start planning your fall garden or landscape. Are you ready to follow nature’s lead? Discover four ways to get started!
Work With What You Have
Before you plan a garden/landscape design, take a look at your canvas. If you really want to follow nature’s plan, it’s best to work with what you already have. Assess the landforms, topography, current plants, and the local weather. Make a record of what is already available to you, and let that guide you in the next step of the planting process.
If you already have native plants in your yard, take notes of their growing habits. Perhaps certain plants group together in a corner, while another corner is completely devoid of plants. Taking notes of the current plant’s growing habits will help you to understand what works and what doesn’t. With a little research, you can avoid time-consuming mistakes.
Weed & Mulch
After you plant native plants, weed and mulch them frequently. Avoid feeding your plants supplements until they are already established. Keep in mind that many native plant species thrive in areas of low soil fertility, so avoid fertilizers as well.
Leave Them There
If you see native plants in the wild, leave them there. As a rule of thumb, it isn’t ecologically sound to remove native plants from their habitats and plant them in another. If you’re looking for the best native plants to garden with, consider visiting the American Native Plants nursery or order from their website.
VISIT AMERICAN NATIVE PLANTS
Whether you’re looking to restore a local wetland or beautify your property, American Native Plants can provide you with the right plants for the job. With an inventory of over 400,000 native trees, native shrubs, and herbaceous plants consider American Native Plants your one-stop shop for wholesale native plant needs. Peruse our catalog, give us a call, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+!