Image: Mountain-Laurel (State Flower)
Native plant materials are used for a variety of purposes, such as stabilizing stream banks and floodplains, reducing soil erosion and sedimentation and reducing the spread of non-native invasive plants.
Image: Japanese Barberry
Invasive species have contributed to the decline of 42% of U.S. endangered and threatened species, and for 18% of U.S. endangered or threatened species, invasives are the main cause of their decline.
Herbicide applications help native plants compete against unwanted species. This allows for a safer, more balanced ecosystem.
Water, food, shelter (including nesting spots), and space to live out their lives in a fairly undisturbed way are the basic things all animals need. The more of these elements we can provide in our suburban and urban landscapes, the better off wildlife will be.
Native plants require less water than lawns and help prevent erosion. Native plants can significantly reduce water runoff and, consequently, flooding.
Although lawns can prevent erosion better than bare soil, most other types of landscape plantings provide more benefits to the environment than does a lawn.
Reduce runoff and soil erosion and stabilize slopes by planting native trees, shrubs, and perennial ground covers in swales and on terraces, in addition to level and raised areas