Native plants may require less maintenance than their non-native counterparts, but like any living thing, they need attention to thrive and flourish. Discover five ways that you can start caring for your new native plants today!
Choose the Perfect Location
Just because a plant is native to a specific location doesn’t mean it can survive in any soil. Research your specific type of plant, or consult an expert at American Native Plants, to determine the best location for your new seedlings.
Once you plant your native plants, water them immediately. The soil may seem moist, but watering freshly planted flowers or herbs will help them adjust faster to their new environment. Soil particles can settle easier when they are wet, so they have a better chance of binding to the new roots.
Mulch provides your native plants with protection from the hot sun and other elements. When applying mulch, ensure that you’re doing so correctly. Pull the mulch back about two to three inches from the stem of the plant and make sure to apply a layer that is not too thick or too thin.
Establish a Watering Schedule
Plants are healthiest when they receive a consistent amount of water each week. Establish a watering schedule, and water your native plants deeply to saturate the soil completely. If the soil is very dry from the sun or lack of rain, water the plants lightly. Once the water has soaked completely, water the plants again.
If you haven’t planted your spring garden already, do so today! Visit American Native Plants to peruse a wide variety of different plants and trees, or shop online!
AMERICAN NATIVE PLANTS
Whether you are looking to beautify your yard or restore a local wetland, American Native Plants can provide you with the right plants for the job. We have an inventory of over 100,000 native trees, shrubs, and plants, including those that will keep the deer away! American Native Plants is your one-stop shop for wholesale native plant needs. Peruse our catalog, give us a call, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+! We look forward to hearing from you!