Natural landscaping offers the environment many benefits, but the three most important are in the land, air, and in the water. Soil, the atmosphere, and bodies of water all benefit from natural landscaping without any intervention necessary from human beings.
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The Benefits on Soil by Planting Native Plants
Natural landscaping is significantly better than typical vegetation in that these types of grasses, plants, and shrubs stabilize soils that easily erode on a higher level. Native plants thrive well wherever you find a sloping area or a body of water such as a stream bank.
Wherever there is flowing water and natural plants, you are bound to find successful natural landscaping. This is because the native plants or prairie plants are deeply rooted into the soil. By holding soil well, these plants can cope with over watering in areas that are prone to overflow and flooding. Regular grass typically does not have root systems that dig down that deep.
When vegetation is planted near a body of water, it can absorb the overflow of streams by absorbing that excess all the way down to the roots. This provides a benefit to those living in the area, as well as to the wildlife that may exist there.
The Benefits on the Air by Planting Native Plants
Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides are both emissions that come from lawn equipment. These dangerous omissions do not only come from professional landscapers’ equipment but from homeowners’ tools for gardening as well. Lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and weed whackers are all a culprit of emitting dangerous emissions into the air.
However, native plants require little to no weed pulling or mowing as in the case of natural grass. Therefore, native plants and natural landscaping provide a clean and fresh way of beautifying our landscape without adding extra pollution into the air. These plants also diminish and decrease the need for pesticides.
There is less need for fossil fueled lawn and garden equipment when native and natural landscaping is put into place. Health risks due to air pollution are significantly decreased due to planting natural vegetation and native plants.
The Benefits of the Water by Planting Native Plants
Natural vegetation near a body of water is beneficial to that body of water as natural vegetation and native plants do not need fertilizer or pesticides to keep them healthy. This keeps those bodies of water clean and free of all chemicals as the vegetation acts as a border to anything polluting the water.
Native vegetation also acts as a buffer to any runoff from storm water that may be contaminated. This is especially important near any construction site that is a body of water. Chemicals that could be potentially hazardous are somewhat filtered by natural vegetation.