Advantages of Native Plants

Native plants are species that are indigenous to a particular habitat within a specific bio-geographic region. They have specific characteristics that contribute to their success.  

Native Plant BenefitsNative plants:

  • are adapted to the region’s soil, hydrology, and climate.
  • have evolved defenses to many diseases and insect pests.
  • create deep and extensive root systems, which help to stabilize the soil column and create an environment favorable to building fertile soils rich in organic matter.
  • absorb excess nutrients from runoff, enhancing infiltration during periods of heavy rain as well as drought.
  • provide habitat for butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds, and beneficial insects.

 In addition, native landscapes contribute to immediate and long-term ecosystem benefits, such as:

  • managing stormwater 
  • restoring watersheds managing nutrient loading
  • mitigating habitat impacts 
  • increasing wildlife habitat  enhancing natural beauty
  • providing opportunity for public education

Cardno provides clients with full-service ecological solutions to their natural resource planning, restoration, and management problems. Known for our ability to help clients assess, restore, and maintain natural areas, including wetlands, streams, native prairies, woodlands, parks, and sensitive habitats. We also have deep experience in the design and implementation of solutions for low impact development, green infrastructure, natural stormwater treatment, water resource management, and sustainable landscapes, as well as providing assistance with any required regulatory permitting.