Monday, March 26, 2012

More Plants. Less Runoff. Healthier Bay.

Plants do more than just beautify our yards. They also go a long way in protecting the rivers and streams we all enjoy. That’s the message behind Plant More Plants, a campaign encouraging residents in Richmond (and the rest of the Chesapeake Bay watershed) to plant more trees, shrubs and hardy perennials in their yards to reduce storm water runoff. Strange’s is a proud partner in Plant More Plants.

Runoff pollutes local waterways and is a major cause of pollution in the bay. But strategically placed plantings — especially native plants — can help reduce runoff and absorb the excess nutrients it contains.
You can download four free landscape plans from the Plant More Plants website. These plans use Virginia native plants to lessen the impact of storm water runoff on our waters.

What exactly is a native plant?
Native plants are those that occur in the region where they evolved and often are adjusted to local climates and soils. They typically require less water, fertilizer and pesticide — in other words, they’re low maintenance! An additional benefit is that natives provide food and habitat for birds and butterflies.

As always, the staff at Strange’s can help you find plants that are suitable for your particular landscape.

On March 31, Strange’s Blooming Days will feature a free seminar about improving water quality with native plants. Chris Hale of BioForm Landscape Architecture will discuss specific natives that will look great in your yard and help absorb excess runoff. The seminar is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Please join us!

Click here for more information about Blooming Days.