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Get Yo Green On Tuesday Native Plants Conserve Water

Posted May 05 2009 5:12pm

According to Jim Kleinwachter, a good friend who runs the “Conservation @ Home” program through The Conservation Foundation, native plants are the only way to go. Judging by the gorgeous photos seen here of native Bluebells and other flowers in his woodland garden, I can understand and agree with his mindset. Do the right thing - use native plants in your gardens and help your environment.

The “Conservation @ Home” website gives some wonderful reasons for utilizing natives; “Native plants grow natural without supplemental watering or fertilizers. Once established, native plants thrive on their own and do especially well during drought conditions because their deep roots hold the soil and allow water to filter down deep into the ground where it belongs. Yards with native landscaping reduce local flooding and clean pollution from rainwater before it reaches our rivers, lakes and ponds. And, perhaps the best part is that they attract dozens of species of beneficial wildlife like butterflies and songbirds.”

Consider native plants for your landscaping purposes and you will be surprised how easy, rewarding, and GREEN they are to grow. Best yet, they utilize less water and attract local wildlife which will help make your yard a haven of beauty. Without chemical use and excessive water use it will cost less to maintain. Contact your local nursery to find out more about native plants for your region.

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community! www.thecasualgardener.com, The Green Blog - www.gardeningnude.com, or The Garden Blog - http://thecasualgardener.blogspot.com

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