Why Go Native?
A native plant refers to a plant that has been naturally introduced, naturalized, and evolved in an area, without the aid of humans. Because these plants have been living and evolving within our ecoregion for millions of years, native species can deal with the brutal Texas heat while also shrugging off the freak cold snaps, like Winter Storm Uri in 2021. Extreme climactic events are going to become more frequent and more severe, due to anthropogenically driven climate change. One way we can mitigate our impact on the environment is to “de-lawn” and create wild spaces, patches, and gardens of native plants, and subsequently native animals. Native plants serve a purpose, whether it is to play host to 200+ butterflies and moths, like Oak Trees, attract pollinators at risk of population decline due to habitat loss, or an evergreen shrub providing nesting cover for you favorite birds.
- Planting Native Plants Saves Money! Native plants are better adapted to regional climate cycles, and thus require less water saving on the water bill. They thrive in natural soil conditions, eliminating the need for inorganic fertilizers. In fact, going native today has benefits locally!
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- Planting Native Plants Supports Native Pollinators and Native Animals. Incorporating a larger diversity of plants that native wildlife will utilize will eventually increase wildlife diversity.
- A healthy environment creates healthy people. When an ecosystem is intact, there are no free resources for which pests to capitalize.
Recommended Documentaries and Literature
- Kiss the Ground on Netflix
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- Natures’ Best Hope by Doug Tallamy
- Fantastic Fungi on Netflix