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What is Native Landscaping?

Native landscaping uses colorful native plants, ornamentals, or a combination of the two, to create a natural landscape that manages rainwater while beautifying your yard. Native plants have deep growing root systems that help break up the soil, allowing more water to drain into the ground. Landscaping with native plants helps promote a healthy natural landscape that creates a habitat for local birds, bees, and butterflies. By installing native plants and ornamentals, you can have a beautiful landscape while mowing less.  

Benefits of Native Plants

With reduced irrigation needs and higher survival rates of native plants during drought, you might find yourself buying fewer replacements each year and saving money on water bills. Many improved varieties and hybrids of native species are available that offer ease of care, color, variation, and extensive blooming. Also, you may use fewer chemicals to eliminate pests or promote growth in natural gardens, and that translates into cleaner water and cleaner air for you, your children, pets, and neighbors.

For questions on how to get started with your own native plants, contact the Fresh Coast Resource Center.

Root Length is a benefit of Native plants

Native Landscape Care

Questions about native plant selection and installation: 

How do I take care of my native landscape?

Where can I find Wisconsin native plants?

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Other Strategies to Protect Lake Michigan 

Install a Rain Garden Milwaukee

Install a Rain Garden

Rain gardens are gardens that are watered by collected or pooled stormwater runoff, slowly infiltrating it into the ground along root pathways. 

Install a Rain Barrel Milwaukee

Install a Rain Barrel

Get FREE water by the barrel from your roof and use it when it’s dry outside to use in your landscape.  Rain barrels help keep excess water out of the sewer system and help reduce water pollution. 

Water Drop Alert MMSD

Sign Up for Water Drop Alerts

Get alerted when to use less water in your home during weather events to help prevent basement backups and sewer overflows.

Text WATERDROP to 797979.