The practice or renewing and restoring degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats by human intervention and action.
A planned process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human well-being. Restoration can improve water quality, re-habituate plant and animal species to their original homes, and turn soil healthier and in turn create healthier vegetation.
Although having a perfectly manicured lawn is attractive, there are environmental impacts that you may have not considered. For the better part of the last century, most people's idea of an attractive lawn creates a monoculture, eliminates plant diversity and contributes to the degradation of native species.
When landscaping, special care can be taken to limit the environmental impact. While most landscaping plants found in nurseries are alien species from other countries, there are certain nurseries in Minnesota that are devoted to native plants and seed mixes.
Over the last decade, Rain Gardens have become a popular way for property owners to capture and filter stormwater before it runs into storm drains. By reducing stormwater runoff rain gardens can be a valuable tool in filtering pollutants in from stormwater. Many of the plants in a rain garden may be native and have extensive deep roots that help the garden absorb rain.
By using native plants, homeowners can save money and reduce their ecological footprint. The savings increase even more when seed mixes are chosen over pugs. Ultimately, it is up for homeowners to decide if native plantings are right for them.