Landscaping with native species is an easy and effective way to be Stream Smart at your home or business. When you grow plants in the appropriate conditions, they thrive with a lot less work. Besides being beautiful, native species are drought-tolerant and naturally resistant to pests. This means they don’t need much water, pesticides, or fertilizers, so planting them will reduce the amount of hazardous chemicals in our fragile waterways.
If you already have them, leaving native plants to grow along streams or rivers is the best practice. However, if you have grass or ornamentals by the water, then replacing them with natives will help restore vital riparian zones, which in turn will help rivers, streams and wildlife thrive.
Several local nurseries specialize in native plants:
A great native plant list with pictures, for a variety of soil types:
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