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Finding native trees and plants for your yard

Finding native trees and plants for your yard
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Why should we embrace native species?

Scientists and environmentalists advise us to see plants in the context of ecosystems, not just exterior decorations that need to be kept as pristine as possible.

Supporting a kaleidoscope of life requires local species of willow, cottonwood, red alder and maple. Tangible benefits are not limited to local wildlife. You will find that maintaining a diverse yard full of native species can avoid costly, and potentially harmful, pesticides and fertilizers. In addition, native species, tangible benefits will result. water conservation to minimizing pathogen outbreaks. The upshot? and help the planet by helping your yard. It’s win-win.

Bringing natural beauty to your yard

It is easy to visit a local nursery and get sold on the latest cultivar. Unfortunately, the mono-cropping that happens in nursery environments often results in unhealthy specimens. At the same time, we underestimate shrubs like hazelnut, Pacific dogwood and Western azalea (actually a rhodo) who burst into spring flower and blaze with fall colour.

Native woody plants easily go toe-to-toe with exotics and get that ‘wow’ factor you are looking for without extra hassle.

Further Reading

How the suburbs could help save biodiversity – Scientific American

Identifying the right plants

The first step to transition your yard to native species is weeding out problematic invasive species. The Invasive Species Council of BC is a great resource and maintains a list of invasives and suitable replacements in their Grow Me Instead section.

Metro Vancouver’s Grow Green Guide is a great source for identifying eco-friendly lawns and garden plants. Try taking their online quiz or explore the extensive image guide to identify plants that suit your property.

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