Establishment of native vegetation in
landscaped areas is often a component of other stormwater best
management practices such as filter strips, bioretention features, and
green roofs. Deep root systems (3 to 10 feet or more) help filter and
absorb rainwater. A filter strip is an area with dense, preferably
native vegetative cover (they can also be planted with turf grass) that
is used to slow, filter, and absorb runoff from impervious areas. Use
native plant and tree species that are adapted to urban applications.
Native landscapes are appropriate for
nearly all new and retrofit landscapes. Native landscapes can be used
for nearly any landscape installation along a water edge, rainwater
management practices, parks, green roofs, residential courtyards, and
• Reduces runoff volumes (by up to 65% when used with bioretention and/or filter strips).
• Increases ability of landscape to remove nutrients (up to 70%), heavy metals (up to 80%), sediment, and other pollutants, especially when used with other stormwater practices.
• Stabilizes and increases organic content of soils.
• Reduces irrigation and fertilization requirements.
• Reduces use of fossil fuels and air and noise pollution relative to turf landscapes that require regular mowing and maintenance.
• Provides wildlife habitat for birds, butterflies, and insects.
• Moderates temperature extremes and urban heat island effect.
• Provides aesthetic benefits throughout the year.
“Native landscaping is not a no or low maintenance solution – it is timely stewardship.”
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