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Ground cover erosion control for heavily shaded area in Cary, North Carolina. Current landscapers use strong blowers for leaf control. This blows away any seeds, loose soil and mulch. Tree roots are becoming exposed. Broad based weed killer is also used. All this detritus is washed into the lake in front of our home. We are currently looking for a more eco-friendly landscaper. Can you recommend questions we need to ask them before we select a new landscaper?

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Texas Frogfruit can be used as an excellent ground cover and is evergreen in warm years. It is also evergreen in areas protected from frost. It spreads vigorously. Frogfruit generally is a good nectar plant for butterflies. It is an attractive plant rambling over boulders or the edges of hanging baskets. It also can tolerate drought and flooding. Tolerates drought and flooding. Will go dormant during hard winters.North Carolina’s native plants provide well-adapted food and cover for North Carolina’s native animals, and a well-planned landscape of native plants can help you attract a diversity of wildlife to your property (Figure 1). Native North Carolina plants also are well-suited to the state’s soils and climate and require relatively little upkeep, once established on an appropriate site. However, the spread of non-native plants poses a threat to native plants and animals of North Carolina. This publication describes the problems associated with some non-native, invasive plants and presents a detailed list of native plants that may be used in place of these foreign ornamentals to attract wildlife to your property.

You can help stop the non-native plant invasion by using and nurturing native plants around your home and on your property. Native plants generally grow well and require less care than non-native species when grown on the proper soils under the right environmental conditions. Additionally, North Carolina’s native wildlife has become adapted to using native plants over thousands of years. Therefore, native plants meet the needs, including food and cover, of North Carolina’s native wildlife without causing long-term damage to local plant communities. Traditional landscape plantings don’t fully mimic the dense foliage and high plant diversity of natural areas. Therefore, birds and butterflies are most likely to use native plants that grow naturally in unmowed or unmanicured portions of your yard or in adjacent natural areas. Allow native grasses, brambles, and shrubs to grow in small corners of your yard where neighbors will be less likely to see the “unsightly” growth. These areas provide nest sites, cover, and food for birds and commonly harbor host plants for butterfly caterpillars. Minimize the amount of lawn on your property because these areas require frequent use of water, fertilizer, and pesticides that can be harmful to the environment and the very insects you want to attract. Before making drastic changes that might upset your neighbors, describe your plan to them and explain why you intend to make the changes. (Source: content.ces.ncsu.edu)

 

 

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