Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Ripple Effects

Native Gardening

Native plants have deep root systems that help infiltrate rain water and reduce stormwater runoff. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soils, and are naturally drought tolerant and disease resistant. This means that once native plants are established, they require little watering and fertilizing. This helps improve water quality because excess fertilizer contributes to algae blooms in our lakes. In addition, the reduced maintenance can lead to significant cost savings when compared to labor-intensive turf grass. Native plants also provide important ecosystem services such as habitat and food for local wildlife, including numerous pollinator species.