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Why Native Plants?  
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A garden rich with plants native to our region will be gentler to the planet. Native plants do not require expensive fertilizers or pesticides. They have long and extensive root systems that penetrate deeply into the soil, improve soil quality, and allow water to percolate gently into the earth, instead of puddling or running off. Native landscaping requires less watering, since the native plants are adapted to our climate.   Echinacea pallida, Pale Purple Coneflower
Echinacea pallida
Pale Purple Coneflower

Aster laevis, Smooth Blue Aster While it is unrealistic to try for a restoration of pristine prairie or woodland conditions in our yards , native landscaping can provide a greater richness of biological diversity than what is found in typical chemical-dependent landscaping practices. With native plants there's no worry that the plants will become invasive. They have evolved to co-exist, and a native plant combination has its own checks and balances.
Aster laevis
Smooth Blue Aster
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