Friendly Planting

You know those pesky plants that overtake your flower bed, garden, and yard? No matter how hard you try you just can’t seem to get rid of them? This is just one of many effects invasive plants can have on your environment.

Fayetteville is home to its own collection of invasive plants such as honeysuckle, bamboo, and Bradford Pears. All of these plants invade, steal, and eliminate the natural ecosystem, making it difficult for native plants to flourish. If we continue to let these pesky invaders grow, they will take over everything we love about our Natural State!

Here are five tips and tricks to consider when adopting Fayetteville-friendly plants:

1. Focus on making the plants in your landscape mostly native and noninvasive.

2. Choose plants that benefit pollinators, songbirds, and butterflies.

3. Plant native trees.

4. Protect natural plants and wildlife from invasive species.

5. Teach others the importance of native plants.

Native plants are also vital to Fayetteville’s sustainability. This means less water and chemicals are used to maintain these plants. More importantly, participating in Fayetteville-friendly planting preserves the natural beauty of Arkansas!

So the next time you’re looking to add to your collection, take a look at our educational packet that offers alternatives for popular invasive trees, shrubs and ground cover in our area.

Learn more about invasive species on the City’s website.