COLUMN: Resolve to plant native this year | Home and Garden … – Rome Sentinel

Happy new year, gardeners! It’s time to make those new year resolutions. Gardeners have many opportunities to make their resolutions come true because we are always trying to make our gardens better.
Why not start with a resolution to go native this year? Consider these advantages of using native plants. Native wildlife and beneficial insects prefer natives to common horticultural plant cultivars. Once established, natives need minimal water other than normal rainfall. Natives are low maintenance, require little to no fertilizer, and less pruning. Natives are not invasive and they preserve the area’s biodiversity. With climate trends and weather’s unpredictability, having a garden that is sustainable is becoming more important.
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