It can be tempting, in the pursuit of savings, to buy inexpensive annuals to decorate the grounds of your hotel. But you may be surprised to learn that planting native plants is an investment that will pay off in the long run. Native groundskeeping focuses on the use of plants that originated in the area where they are planted. These plants are hardy and resilient and will last much longer with less upkeep than non-native plants.
Native Plants Are Resilient To Local Weather
Florida weather can be unbearable during the summer. As the temperatures rise, so too do the torrential rains. If you find your groundskeeping team is frequently having to replace plants that are either overwatered by the rain or overheated by the sun, consider replacing them with plants native to your area. These native plants are accustomed to the weather and won't be as sensitive to the typical Florida summer.
Significantly Reduce Grounds Maintenance
Native Florida plants have adapted to our weather and the nutrients in our soil, so they don’t require as much fertilization or pesticides as non-native plants. By planting species that don't require as much maintenance you will eliminate the additional costs of materials and labor.
Protect Local Water And Soil
Another upside to needing fewer chemicals is the benefit to the watershed and local water bodies like lakes, rivers, and streams. Fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphate frequently leech into nearby lakes and rivers changing the chemical compositions of these water bodies which are home to many species of plants and animals. This is called nutrient pollution. Native plants don't require these chemical interventions and therefore lessen the burden on the local environment.
Attract Local Wildlife
Native plants attract native birds. By including native plants in your groundskeeping you are also creating a beautiful habitat for native birds, butterflies. These beautiful visitors will bring much joy to your hotel guests. Your native plants may also attract bees which is seriously beneficial if you want to plant a garden or any kind of fruit trees on your property. Add a local citrus tree to your landscape and your guests can have fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning.
Transform your property from brick and mortar to a beautiful paradise by investing in the hardy local plants that are built to survive and even thrive in Florida’s habitats. Native landscaping is an important practice which saves time and money for your business while also being good stewards of the natural resources around you.
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