Updated: Jan 31
There are many positives to planting native plants in your area. One big one is their low maintenance compared to most non-native plants.
In real life low maintenance already guides my life, if for no other reason that it's easier and sometimes I just need a little lazy in my life. Three young kids, building a house, starting a business and getting ready for 2 (that's right TWO) newfypoo puppies. I'll take my 1 trip Sams outing to not only provide my house it's needs, my family their food, and myself my wardrobe. Done and done. I realize this is nothing compared to many people's lives and concerns which is why I'm not discussing this to evoke sympathy, but to encourage more ways to lessen the load.
“Don't try. You don't try that's very important; not to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more.” - Charles Bukowskie
This is specifically for native plants. Please try in your other areas of life.
This is also where I bring in our "Don't take my word for it" mentality for some of our posts. While I did earn a B.A. in Biology, it wasn't with any intention to one day be doing this! (Apologies to my Botany professor) There are real experts out there covering these topics which we are constantly reading and continuing to learn from. A lot of the time I find that helping bring attention to their information is time better spent than attempting to recreate it.
Native Plants are Low Maintenance
One of the best things about native plants is that they don't require a lot from you. They provide great benefit to their environment, the native wildlife and in turn only require to be placed in their native environment. They typically don't need any special fertilization, special watering, or other special requirements. They evolved to not just survive, but thrive in their native environment. But don't just take my word for it: Check this out!