A property with a combination of invasive trees, shrubs, forbs and groundcovers will, for example, require a variety of control tactics implemented during different seasons. These tips can help you manage your landscape.
When searching specifically for native plants
to add to your gardens, it is helpful to be aware of the growing use of nativars
, or cultivars derived from native plants. What are they? Why do we use them? What is their ecological impact? And, what should consumers take into consideration before choosing nativars, especially for those of us who are wildlife gardeners?
It might seem like a plant is a plant, but some research suggests that the coevolution of insects and plants in shared ecosystems over millions of years means that many insects have developed special relationships with particular plants.
After all the work of prepping, planting, and preening your gardens, the last thing you want to see are insects eating it to the ground. If we take a look at the real and persistent risks of insecticide use and compare it to the effectiveness of safer alternatives, we find the equation is not as straightforward as many of the marketing labels would have you believe.
Before investing energy and resources into invasive species management, consider how you can best apply control to the forces that are creating, allowing, or encouraging the invasion to take place.
There are many ways to obtain free or inexpensive seeds, plants, bulbs, and rootstocks. We have compiled a variety of strategies to consider in your planting adventures.
If planting native is in your agenda for your gardens, this seed company guide may be helpful.