Conventional landscaping practices are a threat to all living things: plants, animals, and humans alike.
Excessive water use, chemical runoff and groundwater contamination are the major consequences of continuing to landscape with non-native and invasive species. The simple act of replacing them with native plants, biologically suited to your climate, soil conditions, and to the seasonal cycle of your area can:
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.
REDUCE OR ELIMINATE CHEMICAL USE
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
Traditional landscaping is not only damaging and wasteful, but it’s also become overwhelmingly uniform and uninteresting to look at. The introduction of native plant species brings diversity and natural beauty back to your open spaces, while also providing food sources for the local wildlife.