Indigenous trees or plants also referred to as native trees or plants, are plants aboriginal to a given area in geologic time. Indigenous trees include plants that developed naturally or existed for many years in an area. The Indigenous tree has great value and is beneficial when planted, which we have highlighted and mentioned this informative writing piece. Make sure you read through to the end to all that you can about indigenous trees.
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Advantages of Planting Indigenous Trees
Every continent, or broken into smaller units, or countries, has a particular plant specimen indigenous to its geographic location. One of the reasons that propel most pilgrims to visit a specific country is to learn of their native plant specimen, which is unique and cannot be found in a few countries worldwide.
Foremost, indigenous plant species habitually survive longer than non-indigenous species and do not need much nurture because they are harder and more disease resistant. More so, planting indigenous trees is of great value to the surrounding soil and helps preserve such trees, especially those almost extinct due to deforestation.
It might sound crazy and somewhat stressful looking for indigenous trees to plant in your garden or surrounding, but in the end, you will know the worth of embarking on such a task.
Coming indigenous trees have been made somehow difficult to come by because of the high rate of alien species from other countries. These alien and exotic plants have become invasive pests, competing with indigenous trees and degrading habitats in remaining natural areas.
Before choosing an indigenous tree to plant in your garden, at an International Tree Planting Event or wherever you want to, there are things you need to consider, such as Indigenous tree habitat groupings (i.e. shapes, textures, forms, flower colours, seed shapes, etc.), available space, soil tolerant, and water availability.
With all that being said, we now take a quick peek at the value of indigenous trees. We have highlighted below some of the importance of indigenous trees and why you need to choose them over artificial, exotic, and non-native trees.
- Low cost of maintenance
- A healthy place for people
- Improve climate condition
- Water conservation
Low Cost of Maintenance
Maintaining an indigenous tree is far cheaper than maintaining an exotic or a non-native tree. The reason has been that once indigenous trees are planted, it normally requires little maintenance and less nurturing because of their natural components. Meaning that you wouldn’t spend to take care of the indigenous tree you plant in your garden or surrounding.
Another reason why the native tree is of great value is the beauty and attractiveness it adds to your garden and environment. Aside from the beauty, native plants also produce abundant colourful fruits and seeds and seasonal changes in colours, from the pale, thin greens of early spring to the vibrant yellows and reds of autumn.
Healthy Places for People
Planting a native plant is an excellent option for exotic and alien planets or artificial plants sold at over the roof prices. These plants are not as healthy as indigenous plants that help you create a healthier place for yourself, your family, and your community.
Improve Climate Condition
Planting ingenious trees in your garden helps to improve the climate and also combat climate change. More so, indigenous trees help reduce noise and carbon pollution, thereby improving the climate condition of your environment. Importantly, long-living native trees like oaks and maples effectively store greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
Another importance of planting native plants is their ability to conserve water and adapt to local environmental conditions. Indigenous trees require less water, saving time, money, and water.
Indigenous trees are also found to be helpful in wildlife benefits. This goes to show the numerous benefits of landscaping with this plant species. Aside from its use, it provides to birds and other insects and offers protective shelter for many mammals. The native nuts, seeds, and fruits produced by these plants serve as essential foods for all forms of wildlife.
From our discourse, I believe you have learned something new about indigenous trees and their benefits for the surrounding animals and us. We must join the league of those who plant native plant species because of the value and vast benefits they offer than planting non-native trees, which are reported to produce more carbon and also require high nurture. When you plant an indigenous tree, you do the surrounding, wildlife, and yourself a favour.