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Selecting Plants from Your Own Area: Better for Your Garden and the Environment

Whether you’re ready to start over with a whole new landscaping plan or you’re just itching to get started on your new home’s expansive garden, it’s important to pick the proper plants for your area in Salt Lake City. Even while it would be appealing to fill your yard with rare species from all over the world, research shows that using plants growing in your own area is better for both your garden and the environment. You probably won’t be able to grow a tropical rainforest in your backyard, but you may have a beautiful, thriving garden that lasts year after year.

Personal and Environmental Advantages of Selecting Locally Grown Plants

Locally grown plants not only add resiliency to your yard, but they also help you save money and reduce your environmental impact.

The Capability to Xeriscape

Xeriscaping, a term coined in 1981 by the Denver Water Authority, refers to a style of landscaping that requires less water to maintain plant life.   Importing a tree or flower type from, say, North Carolina or Georgia will require more care and watering to ensure its survival. Selecting plants that are produced regionally will ease pressure on the soil and allow for more effective runoff management.

Doing Permaculture:

One of permaculture’s central tenets is the notion of sustainable land use, which emphasizes the design of outdoor spaces to protect native plant communities. Similar to the concept of xeriscaping, indigenous species of plants that are suited to the place in which they originated would require less water and total resources to grow while also providing additional benefits to the local population. Among the many advantages of landscaping using native species, the United States Environmental Protection Agency cites the following:

  • Once established, native plants do not need harmful chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides to keep looking great and keep pests away.
  • If you want cleaner air, it’s a good idea to buy plants that are cultivated nearby. Reduced usage of lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and other landscape equipment means less pollution from motor vehicles and machinery and fewer emissions of dangerous gases, including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and air pollutants like benzene.
  • Butterflies, bees, and birds are all attracted to native flora, which helps with natural pollination.

When you consult with our landscaping experts, we’ll give you our honest opinion. You should probably think twice before buying plants from Hawaii and expecting them to thrive in dry Salt Lake City.

By supporting your community’s nurseries, you’ll have access to our expert advice and maintenance services throughout the life of your plants. We are happy to advise on how to care for plants and flowers throughout the year, assist with plant transplants, and create landscape designs that work with your chosen plants. Because of our familiarity with the area, we can quickly give insight into how your plants develop over time when it comes to your private land.

All People Will Reap the Financial Benefits

Our town’s local shops are a big part of what makes it so welcoming. When you buy from a local business, you ensure that all members of the community have access to the same high-quality products, services, and innovations. Communities may keep taxes low and sprawl to a minimum if they reduce the number of public services they provide. With easy access to the crops you grow, you can reduce the amount of money and fossil fuels used on transportation, making this a wise and effective sustainable decision.

Can’t decide which of the locally cultivated plants would work best in your garden? Have questions about perennials? Call us today.



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