Honoring Earth Day with Native Plants

We hope you took a moment this week to do something good for our planet in honor of Earth Day.

We’ve spent the past couple weekends putting in native plants. Upon completion, over 150 different native Texas species will make up this habitat – a veritable wildlife buffet!

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Why are native plants such a good idea? Native plants are an important addition to any wildlife garden. They are well adapted to survive in a particular geographic area according to the climate, soils, rainfall and availability of pollinators and seed dispersers. Because they are indigenous to a specific region, native plants usually require less maintenance and are welcomed by wildlife, serving an important role in the local ecosystem.

How can I learn more about native plants in Texas? There are a number of wonderful resources for learning more about native plants in your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has a helpful database of native plants. Another great organization is the Native Plant Society of Texas.

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