Native Plants Can Simplify Yard Work

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 24, 2008 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Native Plants Can Simplify Yard Work


Byline: Denise Corkery Chicago Botanic Garden

Just because a plant has been growing here for as long as anyone can remember doesn't mean it's a native species.

Native plants are those found naturally in a specific region that began growing there without being introduced directly or indirectly by humans. A region can be as small as a locality, or as large as several states.

The closer plants are to the habitat they originally grew in - usually before settlers arrived - the more adapted they are to growing in conditions where you live.

Native plants are essential to the intricate web of life that includes birds, animals and beneficial insects, and important organisms living in native soils. This natural community evolved together over a long period of time, and each member depends on this ecosystem to provide it both with habitat in which to live, and food or nutrients to survive.

Invasive species, often non-native plants that are not a natural part of this community, can severely disrupt and often overwhelm an ecosystem's delicate balance of life.

Without natural checks and balances, they can grow so rampantly they choke out native plants. The unfortunate result is less biodiversity, and an ecosystem in need of restoration.

Development also has had a negative impact on ecosystems, causing native habitats to become fragmented, making it harder for birds to migrate, bees to pollinate and wildlife to survive.

Growing awareness of changes in the environment has many home gardeners reconsidering the benefits of landscaping with native plants.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Native Plants Can Simplify Yard Work
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?