Taking landscapes native can provide big returns
According to researchers at Texas A&M, landscaping brings an average of 109 percent return in home value on every dollar spent. Nancy Pollard, a horticulture educator at University of Illinois Extension, said that choosing native plants for the landscape can also improve your home’s ecological value.
Native plants can save on water bills once they are established, and they provide food for bird, butterfly and other wildlife populations.
Native plants support a huge network of life by providing food for caterpillars. This insect stage has gotten a bad rap, and we certainly don’t want them in our cabbages. However, native plants that host them, such as oak, black cherry or birch, are the grocery stores that mother and father birds depend on to feed their nestlings and fledglings, she said.
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