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Conserving Water By Growing Native Plants

     Water, water, water every_____???  Not anymore. 

In the days of the water restrictions what can people do?  Lawns, plants, pools, car washing, etc., all of these require water usage outside of the daily shower, toilet flushing, brushing teeth and dish cleaning.

All of these could fill a book on how to conserve water and what are the best methods to use the water the most efficiently.  My concern today is plants.  Have you ever taken a look at the plants in your garden?  Have you seen these plants in your local woods, fields or other natural landscape?  I hope so, because if not you could be contributing to water shortages in your town. 

 Local and indigenous plants are accustomed to the environmental conditions of the area.  They can survive in the soil without additional fertilizers, they need less water, they need less care and local insects and birds can easily pollinate them.  Non-native plants cost you in a number of ways, first they need MORE water, they need additional fertilizers, and in many cases they need to be flown or trucked into your location. 

 Non-native plants can also become a nuisance if we are lucky and wildly invasive if our luck turns.  Invasive plants can take hold in area and out compete native plants.  This can happen in your yard, or in more extreme cases along local waterways, forests and fields.

 I could go on about invasive plants but my point here is water.  There is only so much here; we need to think about how we use it.  By using local plants you may not have the flashy flowers or the rare colors, but what you will have will be green plants, full flowers, healthy soil, less emission contributions, a smaller water bill, and a sense of pride in doing your part for the environment.