Thank you to everyone who order plants and especially Thank you to our volunteers!!

This year was our most successful yet.



Why Native Plants?

Plants native to our region have grown alongside the native insects, fungi, plant diseases, wildlife, and other native plants for thousands of years.  During this time they have developed the ability to attract native animals that benefit them (such as pollinating and seed-dispersing insects and birds), and repel or survive native organisms that harm them (such as plant viruses and munching insects).

As a result, native plants often attract a wider variety of native animals than do introduced plants.  Of course, this also includes deer, which love to browse the growing tips of trees and shrubs.  Information on controlling deer damage to plantings can be found on the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife website.  In addition, the plants native to our area are adapted to growing in our region's soils and climate, and so generally require less maintenance (such as watering and fertilizing) than do non-natives. 

Native plants can be used in many ways; from helping along mother nature by quickly adding variety to a planting area, to being used in restoration projects such as after home-site clearing or for erosion control.  Native plants work well in these situations because of their ability to tolerate existing conditions and get established quickly.

In general, nothing needs to be added to the soil when planting native seedlings.  Just water.  Since the plants are small, their roots are close to the surface where the soil dries out quickly.  Regular watering and perhaps a layer of mulch to help retain moisture is all they need to get started.


 

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