For some individuals, choosing which plants to incorporate into their commercial landscaping can be difficult. As longtime, North Carolina landscapers we understand that. That’s why we often help our commercial clientele sift through all of the various options available and reach a satisfying decision. Personally, we like to see people use native plants in their commercial landscaping whenever possible and here’s why:
They Thrive in Native Conditions
One of the chief benefits of factoring native plants into commercial landscapes is that they are capable of withstanding the area’s normal weather patterns and soils. This is especially the case with the Raleigh-Durham area, which borders on two distinct planting regions (e.g. Piedmont and Coastal). By embracing plants that naturally thrive in such environments, the need for manmade chemicals and other similar interventions is reduced.
They Help Preserve Native Wildlife
Another benefit that comes with utilizing native plants in commercial landscaping projects is that they help to preserve the lifecycles of native wildlife. Take spice bushes as prime examples. They tend to grow well in dry to moist, alkaline soil that receives full to partial sun. Each bush typically reaches heights of 12 feet and widths of 10 feet, which makes them perfect for certain commercial landscaping situations.
In addition, they also produce berries and leaves that benefit tiger swallowtail butterflies. The butterflies lay their eggs onto the bushes and once born, their offspring consume the bushes’ leaves. They aren’t the only North Carolina natives that depend on the bushes for sustenance and shelter either. The list of others includes American robins, white-tailed deer, promethean silkmoths and great crested flycatchers.
They Thwarts Invaders
Lastly, using native plants in commercial landscaping applications also provides ecosystem stability by helping to keep out invasive plants like mimosa, kudzu, Chinese silvergrass, princess trees and Russian olives. It is important to keep such plants at bay because they can easily destroy native habitats, which puts our region’s wildlife at risk of extinction too.
To learn more about the advantages of incorporating native species into your commercial landscaping, please contact us at (919) 782-2809. Our office is located in Raleigh and we serve many of the surrounding communities.