Skip to comments.Native Plants Save Water, Time, Money, and Energy
Posted on 05/08/2012 5:17:50 AM PDT by orsonwb
Native plants offer many benefits over other traditional, but non-native, varieties. Among these are reduced irrigation needs, reduced pesticide use, reduced fertilizer use, resistance to pests and disease, and energy conservation...
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Hmm? I wonder if my wife will buy it if I tell her I’m redesigning the landscaping to showcase native plants?
There’s only so much you can do with mesquite and a couple varieties of cactus.
I’m guessing sedum works well in Texas?
Florida has over 250 varieties of palm trees.
Only ONE of them is “Native”.
The real pests are the Brazilian pepper and meleluca trees. They were introduced years ago as ornamentals and have taken over!
But it’s so much fun throwing he football around in a yard full of cactus and mequite.
I’m not sure. Have never tried it but will look into it.
I use a lot of natives as well. Water isn’t an issue in Michigan but invasive species are.
As the cottonwoods get old and die in my yard I’m replacing them all with maples and no I don’t pay for native plants.
People are so foolish to introduce damaging wildlife to areas where they don’t have any natural predators. The Everglades is having a real problem with giant pythons, thanks to those persons who once had them as “pets” and then released them into the wild. Even the alligators aren’t safe!
Unfortunately you’ll find that many FReepers think its funny. Just look at any thread about the Asian carp and the great lakes. They’re a potential economic disaster for the $70 billion sportfishing industry here. Like Florida, water is the key to many of these invaders.
The sea lampreys cost some $20 million per year to keep at a managable level.
I put in a green variety of buffalo grass in our front yard (Texas panhandle region). It is taking a few years to get established and it turns brittle and brown in the winter but I don’t water much, don’t fertilize or spray for weeds and it continues to spread on its own. It is fascinating to watch it put out little runners with new seeds. Also, it doesn’t need to be mowed much.
It is NOT “un-conservative” to care about the environment. It’s just that the greenies and the EPA has used “The Environment” as an excuse to bludgeon free enterprise.
Thoughtful, sensible protection of resources was originally a Conservative Idea. The Left has corrupted it, like everything else they have touched, and have made the subject odious to many otherwise sensible FReepers. Although I understand the reaction, one would hope that we would have the discernment to see the difference and reject manipulation while being good stewards of the earth.
These aren’t all *native* but they survived level 4 drought conditions (San Antonio area). I did do a tiny bit of hand watering, not much though. Wish my grass would have....
4 oclocks- wilts but perks back up
All variety of Lantana
All variety of Salvia
Mulberry can train to very pretty tree
Empress Tree (omg! Does it grow fast!)
Vitex can be a shrub or train to treethey go crazy with no care
Red Bird of Paradise
Minature roses, just dead head, hardly ever water
Peach, Plum, Pear, Pecan ( does need a bit of watering for good fruit)
Lady Banks rose
Black Eyed Susan vine (deep purple throat)
Sweet potato vine (the purple is beautiful mixed with the Black Eyed Susan vine)
Dortmond Climbing rose
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