Plant Native & Prosper
11 Reasons to choose native plants for your cabin yard & shoreline
March 1, 2012
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.
Photo by Jennifer Baker
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
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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