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Gardening: Going Native


Having a garden is wonderful, but if you’re aware of the saying “pain is beauty” or “no pain, no gain,” you’ll know that having a gorgeous garden isn’t going to come with some bad things, too. Pest control will probably be a good part of your life if you want to maintain a great looking garden.

However, some people prefer native gardening or native landscaping. This means that whatever is planted in that garden, whether they’re trees, grass, flowers, is indigenous to the location of the garden.

Advantages of natural landscaping or native gardening

There isn’t much maintenance since the plants are already adapted to the environment. But even though they don’t require much maintenance, you still have to clear out the weeds. Aside from being adapted to the weather, they’ll be able to survive the changes in temperature and they wouldn’t need much fertilizer, pesticides, and watering, but you should also not forget to water them every day.

Since these plants are indigenous to the geography, they are used to each other and the animals they attract rely on plants for food and shelter. The butterflies, birds, bees, and other animals that help animals with the pollination of these plants. These animals evolved with these plants together, so they know each other very well. This means that you as a gardener won’t have to create any unnatural changes to the soil, or do any special kind of watering. And since wildlife and the plants are made for each other, they can improve the health of your plants and the quality of the fruit your plants produce if you ever have any fruit producing plants.

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You can also save on pesticides as pesticides don’t just kill the pests or any insects that you don’t want hanging around in your garden, but it can seep into bodies of water if you have any near you, and this can contaminate the water. It can also be inhaled by your pets and since pesticides are chemicals, they are sure to be poisonous for your beloved pets.

Other advantages are that there is no need for much lawn mowing, no need to worry about erosion, no need to worry about the plants dying if there isn’t much water which is especially good if you live in an area where waves of drought happen, reduces the number of pests and more beneficial insects will thrive, and the larger plants can provide shade and keep the environment cooler. These native plants also attract animals and other wildlife. The native garden you cultivate will provide these animals with a home. It’s also good for cleaning our air, and studies have shown that plants help reduce stress and increase concentration.

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There is also no need for many changes in your landscaping if you’re planning to start a native garden. You can also prune your plants if you want, but you can also let your plants grow lush and healthily by giving them space. Plants that are poorly spaced together might need more care.



jeric About the author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks. See: Reggae Shark

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