In times of drought and extreme heat, native plants (perennials, trees and shrubs) can be a great landscape addition to combat climate irregularities. But they also make for a low-maintenance and healthy outdoor space. Check out the photos at the bottom of this post to see a few examples of plants native to North Dakota.
Here are the top 5 reasons why native plants are excellent choices for your yard:
1. Native plants need less water once established. You’ll save on your water bills and help conserve a valuable resource. If you need to spend less time keeping up with watering schedules, this is a great option.
2. No need for fertilizers. These plants are adapted to the North Dakota soil and will thrive without much additional effort. This also keeps fertilizers from running off your yard and into bodies of water.
3. They’re generally pest-free! That means no need for pesticides, which will make your yard healthier. Many native plants even repel deer because of their coarse, rough, and hairy/spiny textures.
4. You’ll be helping out North Dakota’s ecosystem. This is a big one! Natural prairies are harder to find as agriculture and urbanization spreads across the state. Native plants provide important food to insects, which become food for birds and their young. Without insects, we have no birds!
5. They’ll help protect your yard. The long root systems native plants typically grow will hold soil in place and prevent soil erosion.