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6 Considerations For Landscaping With Native Plants In Pennsylvania

Many of these tips have relevance to nearly anywhere in the country, but some of them are particularly useful in temperate climates like those of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region in general.

As we work with households in the Poconos area to optimize their outdoor scenery and do more with exterior landscaping, we pay attention to these aspects of landscaping design.

These are some things to think about when you're trying to support a particular native plant in a garden, flower bed, or other outdoor areas.

Soil Condition

The acidity or alkalinity of soil is important for many different types of plants. Take a look at the profile of your desired native plants, and figure out whether they are well served by the existing soil chemistry, or whether additives will help. We can provide more detail for your outdoor projects.

Removal of Invasives

Various kinds of invasive plants threaten the emergence or longevity of native plant types.

You can get some excellent information from state university library resources and start planning for the health of your native plants. We can help bring a professional approach to your exterior, consulting you on dealing with invasive species.

Erosion Control

This is often a broader issue with areas where grass or other vegetation types don't hold soil fast. Without those traditional root structures holding topsoil in place, erosion can threaten native plants. It's also a source of pollution for local waterways and does several things to natural habitats, which is part of how the state promotes public awareness about erosion as a challenge.

We always look out for our customers to consult on erosion control and how to keep topsoil from leaving a site.

Sun and Shade

Like any other plant, your desired native plants will have their own sun/shade profile. Consider the shade status of a given area in the morning, afternoon and early evening to plan for better placement of your plants.

Fertilizer Strategy

You can also implement advanced fertilizer strategies that benefit your landscaping.

One common tip is to consider fall fertilizer, which leads plants to develop more robust root systems over the winter. Timing your fertilizing this way might make a big improvement on how your plants fare from one year to the next.


This additional consideration might help your soil to be enriched. Vermiculture relates to the use of earthworm species to strengthen and rejuvenate the nutrient profile of soils.

Think about all these things as you compile your plan for your property's exterior. We provide excellent assistance to our clients in this area, who are brainstorming the best solutions for their properties. Check out the gallery and other resources on the site for more on our operations and our track record in PA.

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