Native Plants are those which are naturally indigenous to a particular area. Native plants include , many varieties of flowers, trees, shrubs and evergreen
They are low maintenance, use less water, attract wildlife, restore natural vegetative habitats and save you money!
Trees, shrubs, flowers and evergreens that occur naturally in your surroundings are generally speaking better adapted to the local climate and soil conditions and more resistant to local disease and pests then the more highly bred exotic species. On the whole native plants need less of your time and money to maintain. They don’t need any extra moisture or fine manicuring!
When preparing to grow native plants in your own garden, try to recreate as best as you can their natural growing habitat. Once you have chosen the native plant material you would like to use, try laying them out before planting. A natural look still requires a great deal of careful consideration in the planning stage. Remember, clumps of plantings will look more natural than single plants scattered all over. For a truly natural look, try to incorporate ‘layers’ of vegetation. By combining large and small trees, shrubs, evergreens, and ground covers you should be able to create an attractive, low maintenance plant haven that will attract birds, butterflies or other wildlife to your garden.
*Never take wild specimens directly from nature. Natives are protected by Federal & Provincial law so future generations can admire them for years to come*
Composting is an easy natural, biological process through which organic material is converted into a soil-like product. It has the unique double benefit of reducing garbage being sent to our landfills, and providing at no cost a beautiful mulch for your garden that will prevent weeds and conserve heat and moisture in the summer as well as provide a layer of insulation for your plants in the winter. Compost also has tremendous nutritional value for your plants and reduces the need for cosmetic use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
Compost can be made up of not only kitchen waste but also grass clippings, leaves, dead flowers and plants, twigs and branches and even shredded paper and cardboard. Composting reduces the amount of household garbage by 1/3!
Most of us know that recycling plays an important role in reducing the amount of garbage generated both in homes and businesses, subsequently reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills. That is only the beginning! There are many more benefits of recycling – it saves our natural resources, reduces our need for energy, protects our environment and is simply ‘the right thing to do.’
- Use your blue and green bins! Recycle cans, plastic, cardboard, newspaper and glass
- Participate in curbside collection of large household items and appliances
- Plant a tree on earth day
- Conserve water when performing everyday tasks
- Water your lawn in the evening to prevent evaporation
- Install times or light sensors to save electricity
- Take advantage of government incentives to upgrade your home with energy efficient windows, doors, siding, insulation, etc.
- Upgrade to long lasting energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Look into carpooling or hybrid vehicles
- Use only energy star high-efficiency appliances
- Participate in environmental days in your community to dispose out of the ordinary waste and hazardous material (Check with your municipal office for times, locations and a list of allowable items)