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Native Garden tips
Always purchase native plants from a reputable nursery
Never collect plants from the wild, which harms local plant communities
Do research to place plants in the right conditions (light, moisture, soil type)
Shop by scientific names rather than common names help ensure you’re getting the right plant. Scientific names are usually underlined or italicized. Example: Red Maple – Acer rubrum (Acer = genus, rubrum = species)
Why it’s Important to use Native Plants?
Adapted for Local Climate and Conditions
Pollen and Nectar for Pollinators - Host plants for the caterpillars of pollinators
Wildlife Food – Native plants host many more caterpillars compared to non-native plants; Fruit and nuts provide food for many species of wildlife
Low Maintenance - native plants are adapted to the local climate
Maintains Natural Diversity - is critical for healthy, well-functioning natural systems