Garden Like a Local
Did you know there are approximately 5,700 species of plants native to North Carolina? Native plants are plants that are natural to a region, and therefore may be better suited for the soils and seasons. They may also provide the best habitat for birds, bees and butterflies. However, selecting a plant native to your region will not automatically lower your maintenance chores. Remember that many factors determine the suitability of a plant for a particular location. Look for native plants that are suited to the growing conditions in your yard. Consult your soil test results, and consider light, moisture, and other site conditions that may impact the plant’s growth.
Garden like a local actions:
Identify and protect native plants and trees in your yard.
Choose native plants and trees for your yard.
Avoid heavy traffic or storing equipment under mature trees and shrubs to help preserve established plant communities and prevent compaction as well as soil loss. When doing any construction activities in your yard, protect as much mature native vegetation as possible. Create a “do not disturb” area if necessary.
Protect your native shoreline plants. Leave at least 2’ of vegetation at the water’s edge along ponds and at least 15’ of vegetation along creek banks; more vegetation is needed if you’re in a protected watershed.