Native plants. Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is encouraging residents to use native plants in their gardens and landscapes this year. Native plants are more suited to our climate and soil and typically do better in our gardens than non-native species. They also provide excellent habitats and food for insects, pollinators and wildlife.
Because they have a strong root system, more soil is held in place which slows stormwater runoff, helps prevent soil erosion and filters pollutants before they enter rivers, lakes and streams.
The district is hosting a Native Plant Sale, in conjunction with Natives in Harmony, June 15, 4-6 p.m., in the front parking lot of the Richland County Longview Center, at 1495 West Longview Avenue, in Mansfield.
Plants are $3 per plug, $6 per quart and $10 for gallon sizes. Species are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Garden gloves will be available to purchase at $5 per pair.
There will also be table exhibits about container gardening and “greenhouse” cover to extend the growing season and ideas for plant markers, including how to use recycled materials like can lids and soil testing information. For more information about the plant sale, visit richlandswcd.net/services/water/rain-gardens, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-747-8685.
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