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The Many Benefits of Native Plants and Trees in Your Landscape

When it comes to landscaping, there are many choices to make. But if you want to help promote pollinators and the diversity of wildlife, consider using native plants in your landscape.

Native plants are adapted to the climate and soil of a specific area. That means they're better suited to survive in our region's weather conditions and don't require as much maintenance.

One great option for Maryland homeowners is the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) native tree rebate program. As of the publishing date, this program offers a rebate of $25 per tree for homeowners who plant a qualifying native tree on their property.

There are many beautiful native trees to choose from, including the Praire Fire crabapple (photo above), black cherry, eastern redbud, and northern red oak. For a full list of qualifying trees, visit the DNR website.

So why should you consider using native plants in your landscape? Here are just a few reasons:

· Native plants provide food and habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

· Native plants are drought resistant and require less water than non-native plants.

· Native plants are typically less expensive than non-native plants.

· Native plants add beauty to your landscape year-round.

If you're ready to start using native plants in your landscape, the DNR and University of Maryland Extension office have several resources to help you get started, or stop by and I would love to discuss the benefits of using native plants to build your dream landscape.

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