Hyperlocalism, in reference to planting and landscaping, means to use a plant palette this is not just native to your region or state, but specific to your local ecosystem as well. For example – using only plants grown in this region of New York state to landscape a certain area. This requires researching not only plants that are native to New York, but those which are special to the southern tier. Pretty specific huh?
The benefits to planting this responsibly are numerous. First off, plants that natively grown here will benefit our local population of birds and pollinators which rely on said plants. By supplying a native food source you are ensuring that different species of bees, flies, etc. will have a supple of pollen.
New York Aster is a late blooming perennial in New York State. It blooms in late summer to early fall and is a very important late season food source for local and migratory insects.
New York Aster
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The Sugar Maple is an important shade tree to New York state which provides habitat (shade and shelter) and food (pollen and seeds) to many local species.
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Secondly, by choosing species that are native to our local eco-region you are choosing species that we know to be hardy here. Our climate is changing, and with winters that have the coldest on record it is nice to know that plants chosen will survive our climate.
Thirdly, as the population of deer continues to grow out of control, native plants tend to be a little more deer resistant than ornamental varieties. Because these plants are more readily available, they tend to be eaten by the right pests, and ignored completely by others.
As with any species is it more ecologically appropriate and responsible to plant within your region. This was we are establishing the “right” kind of plants, and cutting back on the amount of invasive species. However, even with native plants keep in mind that many species are very prolific, and even a favorable plant planted in the wrong spot can become a weed!
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