Plant Native & Prosper

11 Reasons to choose native plants for your cabin yard & shoreline
By Jennifer Baker
Published: March 1, 2012
Photo by Jennifer Baker
I work for a landscape business that has many cabin-owning clients. I received a call from a customer who recently purchased a beautiful wooded lot on the shores of a northern Wisconsin lake. He was panicked.
    He feared he had demolished the wild feel of his future retreat during basement excavation. The natural habitat was his primary reason for purchasing the lot, and he desperately wanted it back.
    Unaware of native alternatives, he was ready to throw down a bag of Kentucky bluegrass lawn seed onto the bare ground.
    That’s not unusual. We often turn to familiar landscaping choices, such as bluegrass lawns, to heal our cabins into their wild surroundings. But the final result is a yard that reflects the suburban landscape ideal, not the essence of a more primitive cabin refuge.
    So I suggested to my client that instead of seeding a lawn, we could easily restore the natural beauty of his property by letting nature regenerate itself and by adding some plants native to northern Wisconsin.
    Native landscaping, often synonymous with natural landscaping, continues to gain popularity with cabin owners who seek an environment that is indigenous and sustainable.
    So here are 11 reasons to go native and natural in your cabin yard.
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