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Beautify yards with native plants

Seminar on April 12 at Arb

Posted: April 3, 2012 - 10:52pm

Beautify yards with native plants

Native plants can beautify a yard and often require less effort to maintain.

The Brainerd Chapter of Wild Ones reported native plants don’t use fertilizer, and once established, need no watering. Native plants also

reduce soil loss, attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other colorful and beneficial insects all while maintaining the “northwoods” feel that

brought people here in the first place. Native wildflowers and plants, such as bee balm, black-eyed Susan, blazing star, prairie smoke, pasque flower, Pennsylvania sedge, little bluestem, and shrubs like lowbush blueberry, Juneberry, and bush honeysuckle hundreds of others are easily found in the area through numerous suppliers, or may even already be found on your property. Have you ever noticed that even during periods of heavy drought, when lawns are turning brown everywhere, that the plants in natural open and forested areas remain green? That is because native plants typically have deep root systems, and can continue to drink when other plants, such as turf grass have dried up as a result of having shallow roots. Those same deep root systems help hold our soil together, and

reduce erosion of your shoreline if you live on a lake.

On 6:30 p.m., April 12, the Brainerd Chapter of Wild Ones will welcome nationally renown author and gardening expert Lynn M. Steiner to the Northland Arboretum, where she will present her program “On the Right Foot: Getting Started with Responsible Gardening.” Lynn Steiner is an outstanding speaker, and her program is certain to be entertaining as well as highly informative. This program is essential for anyone who wants to bring the entire north woods experience to their back yard.

Admission will be $10 for the general public, $5 for Wild Ones members.

Wild Ones promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant

communities. Contact brainerdwildones@ymail.com for more information.