In luxury real estate, it’s quite common to find a residence surrounded by immaculately maintained lawns and formal gardens with rare and exotic flora. However, there’s a growing trend among homeowners who are rethinking how they landscape their property. For a variety of reasons, many have chosen to embrace native plantings in lieu of a traditional yard. While it might sound a bit unorthodox, here are a few benefits that you can expect from introducing plants to your property that are indigenous to the area.
Sense of Stewardship
One of the biggest reasons for doing so is that homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of the impact that their yard has on the local ecosystem. In many ways, a manicured lawn is like a desert that deprives the area of biodiversity. Bugs, birds and other local wildlife rely on native plants to survive. They provide pollen, food, nesting sites and much more. On the other hand, non-native species can be invasive and, in some cases, even detrimental to the area’s flora and fauna.
In addition to returning a sense of balance to the land, a property that’s exclusively landscaped with native plants is also good for the environment. One reason for this is that they often need less water because they’re adapted to the local climate and can survive on their own. Perhaps even more importantly, they usually don’t require using pesticides or fertilizers, which means that you’ll no longer have to fill your backyard with chemicals. Not only is that good news for the environment, but also for anyone who’s reluctant to use toxic chemicals in a space where their kids play.
In the long run, you can also expect to save time and money. Because local vegetation is well-suited to flourish on its own, you won’t have to spend endless hours in the garden to keep your plants alive. This doesn’t mean that you have to go for the wild and overgrown look on your property, though. It’s certainly still possible to achieve a manicured aesthetic that’s low maintenance using native plants.