March 31, 2016, 9:51:50 AM EDT
Spring is in the air! Grasses are growing and flowers are blooming, and whether you’re new to the gardening game or your thumb has long been green, you’re invited to be part of this bountiful season.
Get involved by installing plant species that are native to the ecoregion around your home, loosely called “native plants.” Native plants are those species of vegetation that have evolved for hundreds or thousands of years under your local growing conditions, including soil type, precipitation frequency, nutrient availability, and native pest communities. This long evolutionary history with your local climate means that native plants have adapted to flourish with the amount of light, water, and nutrients typically available in your area, and require little additional input from you. Their predisposition to flourish in your region helps them provide ecosystem services, such as soil stabilization with their root systems, water filtration in marshy and damp environments, and air quality improvement by reducing windswept sediment. In areas where water is scarce, native plants can help mitigate the impacts of drought by helping water infiltrate the soil, trap moisture in the ground, and reduce erosion.
These native species don’t just benefit the environment on the larger scale, however -- individual gardeners can realize benefits from using native plants as well. Compared to non-native species, native plants are less susceptible to disease, and once established, need less watering and fertilizer than their counterparts, saving you time and money. There is a wide variety of vegetation types that fall under the umbrella of native species -- depending on your area, this can include an array of trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses.
Lower-maintenance blooms and greenery aren't the only the only benefits native plants bring to the yard. This flora is vital for native animals, providing food, breeding ground, and shelter for wildlife in your area. Many species of animals, including some pollinators, are host-dependent, meaning that they require a specific species of plant to survive. By picking host plants that are native to your area, you can help support important populations of birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, and enjoy watching these animals all season long. Learn about creating a native pollinator garden (link is external).
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
More Weather News
Weather News - March 26, 2019, 2:07:06 PM EDT
Scientists analyzed images that offer new insights into these mysterious, extraterrestrial weather features.
Weather News - March 26, 2019, 11:34:57 AM EDT
Another spell of warm weather is on the way for much of the United Kingdom later this week.
Cyclones Trevor and Veronica wallop Australia with inundating rain, life-threatening flooding and powerful winds
Weather News - March 26, 2019, 11:26:59 AM EDT
A pair of severe tropical cyclones battered Australia in recent days, causing major flooding and the evacuation of thousands of people in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Weather News - March 26, 2019, 2:39:27 PM EDT
A snowstorm will threaten difficult travel across portions of the Rockies and northern Plains as cold air plunges back in later this week.
Tornadoes can touch down rapidly, leaving a limited time to react. An emergency action plan should be developed prior to a tornado event.
Weather News - March 26, 2019, 9:16:32 AM EDT
From the Midwest to the Northeast, the cold weather caused significantly more energy usage
Weather News - March 26, 2019, 2:56:19 PM EDT
The AP, citing Iranian state TV, reported that most of the people killed had been trying to take videos of the flooding on their phones.
Weather News - March 26, 2019, 12:14:19 PM EDT
Following one last blast of winterlike chill early this week, a surge of warm air is finally on its way into the Northeast and Midwest.