District plant sale offers landscaping with native plants

The Monroe Conservation District will continue to take orders for its annual native plant sales through June 7th.

Order forms are still available at www.MonroeCD.org or can be emailed to Buyer 241-8540, Extension 5. Pre-booking is recommended but not required, said Catherine Acerboni, district manager. Orders will be picked up and additional plants sold on June 17th at 9180 S. Custer Rd. (M-50).

Native plants are trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses, ferns, and other plants that have evolved in a given area over thousands of years, Acerboni said. Native plants grow in communities that developed along with other plants. As a result, a community of native plants provides habitat for a wide variety of native wildlife such as songbirds and butterflies.

“Michigan’s native plants have been here since before European colonization and have adapted to Michigan’s growing conditions, including temperature, rainfall, wind and soil,” she said in an email.

Native plants offer a beautiful, robust, drought-resistant, easy-care landscape and at the same time benefit the environment.

“Once these facilities are in place, they will save time and money by eliminating or significantly reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides and water,” she said. “Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife by attracting a variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife by providing diverse habitats and sources of food.”

Close-cut lawns are of little use to most wildlife.

“Wildlife doesn’t just appear randomly in any given area,” she said. “It’s there because of a favorable habitat. In order to attract more wildlife, you need to employ certain wildlife management practices. When designing your backyard wildlife habitat, think about food, water, cover, and space to raise their offspring. “

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