Sunday, July 7, 2013

How do I find out what plants and turf species are native to my climate?

How do I find out what plants and turf species are native to my climate?


Your best source is a reputable local nursery, ideally one that serves both retail and wholesale customers and is focused primarily (if not exclusively) on gardening. You can also check out the Native Plant Database, one of several online sources.

If you don’t have the time to do the research yourself one of the easiest things to do is contact a landscaper that is in your area.

If you hire a landscaper to work on your property they will be able to advise you on what plants and turf species are native to your climate. They will be able to buy, deliver and install them for you, this will give you the information you need on the species you want and how to properly plant them. They can also show you tips on helping them survive and thrive.
When you hire a landscaper you don’t have to hire them to maintain your property, but a good landscaper will give you all the information that you require to help keep the property up after they are gone.

The hiring of a landscaper is another matter entirely. The easiest thing to do is talk to people in your area that have used landscapers and get their recommendations on who to use. Talk to these companies and get a feel for who you feel comfortable working with and who is in your price range. Ask to see some of the projects they have recently accomplished, this will give you a feel for what type and style of landscaping they do.

Going the landscaper route is a great way to take the stress of a large project off your shoulders and putting it on professionals that do this as a career.

Rob Abbott
Operations Manager
Village Builders Inc.

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