Native plants are a smart choice for your garden or landscape because they have adapted from localized complex relationships with other organisms, and this allows them to thrive in a variety of habitats. At one time, the native plant communities of Minnesota covered the state before settlement, and now many of these communities are threatened. You can help strengthen these plant communities by adding them to your landscape plans.
There are many benefits of native plants:
- Decrease water use (50% of water used in the Midwest is for lawns)
- Maintain shorelines. In the land of 10,000 lakes, these native plants decrease waves and their roots hold soil in place leading to less erosion
- Help keep our lakes clear – native aquatics take in phosphorous, reducing algae blooms and green lakes
- Provide habitat, nectar, pollen, and seeds for wildlife
- Deter geese
Once established, native gardens need very little water, fertilizer, mulching, or mowing – so they are virtually maintenance free!
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