By selecting native and adaptive plants, you should not need to apply pesticides or fertilizer to your yard or garden to keep it lush and green. Other than the obvious money and time savings, why is this important?
Research demonstrates that when it rains, pesticides and fertilizer get washed away in the stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is rainwater that flows off of landscapes, roads, and parking lots, into storm drains. It then flows unfiltered into streams, creeks, rivers, and lakes. The same sources where we get our drinking water.
Pesticides are often indiscriminant in the insects they kill. They can kill or harm the beneficial insects alongside the "bad" insects. Plants native to our region are able to deter pests with their own protective measures, all the while attracting beneficial insects like butterflies, dragonflies, and bees. By eliminating harmful chemicals from your environment and fostering a healthy food web, you can achieve long-term biological control of problem species with much less work on your part. Just remember, plant diversity equals wildlife diversity. Our plant database denotes and lets you search based on the types of wildlife a specific plant tends to attract.
Fertilizer is most often applied in the spring and fall, which is the time of the year when we receive the most rain. This results in a large amount of fertilizer washing off lawns and making its way into our water. Native Texas plants are capable of maintaining healthy growth without any fertilizer because they are already accustomed to our soil type and rain patterns here in Texas. If you find that you need to amend, or add nutrients to your soil, the best solution is to use organic compost.
You can learn more about the ecological benefits of using native and adaptive Texas plants in our benefits section.
If you have unused pesticides or fertilizer, do not just put it in the trash. You can visit www.timetorecycle.com to find a household hazardous waste drop off location near you.