5 Reasons indigenous plants help you save money and the planet

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1. Indigenous plants are healthier and stronger. Plants indigenous to an area are more likely to establish quickly and will naturally be hardy and healthy. Indigenous plants have evolved over thousands of years, learning to thrive in particular areas—they grow in harmony with the environment, the soil, the water supply, the varying weather throughout all the seasons, and other indigenous companions. Their root systems are deep, sometimes up to 4.5m, and acclimated to the soil, be it clay or sand, and average precipitation, whether it is high or low. Their stems and leaves can handle harsh sun or buffeting winds, for example, if that is the nature of the local environment. They are also part of a larger natural ecosystem.

Landscaping Cape Town2. Indigenous plants create a wildlife habitat in your garden. When indigenous plants thrive in their original environment, they create a natural habitat for wildlife that is both beneficial to the environment and adds life to your outdoor space. We think of the obvious pollinators, like bees, birds, and butterflies, but these plants can also help create homes for small animals, warm and cold-blooded, and microscopic organisms in the soil. All these living things have jobs to do; the natural environment promotes a symbiotic relationship.

Landscaping Cape Town3. Indigenous plants help the environment. Indigenous plants also have other benefits. They require much less watering, fertilizer, and pesticides. In fact, they can prevent water run-off and improve air quality. Indigenous plants can help decrease pollution because they eliminate the need for mowers and other equipment. Indigenous plants have the ability to pull and store excess carbon.

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4. Indigenous plants are low maintenance. The long-term upkeep of indigenous plants can be dramatically less costly than turf grass, as well as take less time.

Landscaping Cape Town5. Indigenous plants add splendour to your landscape. Your indigenous garden can be a sculpted formal space designed with harmony, unity, and interest. Indigenous plants provide a wealth of colours, textures, varying heights, and bloom times, resulting in a stunning display over multiple seasons.

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