Why New Yorkers are Being Pushed to Grow Native Plants

By Phineas Upham

Most plants that are used in the front of back yard of New York homes were brought in from outside of the state. These plants tend to thrive because New York meets the conditions for growth, but they are not naturally occurring. If an invasive species were introduced, it could wreak havoc on the eco system.

New Yorkers who own property that can have a garden on them have been encouraged to garden using native plant species found in the New York area. There are a few reasons why that is.

Maintenance

Everything has a maintenance cost, as anyone with a front lawn will tell you. Native plants tend to thrive in the conditions of that city, so New Yorkers will find themselves buying a lot less fertilizer and using less water to grow a particular species of plant. Native plants also save you money on pest control in some cases, as they have adapted over time to the natural pests in the area. This also helps cut down on toxins in the immediate area, which may have a beneficial effect on fruit-bearing plants in your garden.

Beauty

New York plants are attractive, and feed off the natural beauty present in parts of the state. There are also a wide variety to choose from, leaving homeowners with their choice of color or shrub. Plus, you’ll be doing your part to help native plants reclaim their landscape.

There is one final benefit you don’t see up front: erosion control. With native plants, the soil erodes less. That has all kinds of benefits, including keeping storm drains clear for heavy rainfall.


Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Twitter page.

Determining the Right Look for Your Artificial Grass

Written by Artificial Turf Supply Commercial and Residential Division.

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You have a wide range of options to sort through when it comes to selecting the right artificial grass for your lawn. Options can range from aesthetic choices such as the length of the blades of grass on the lawn to more practical concerns such as the number of layers or if the lawn uses infill. One of the benefits of installing fake grass is that you have a lot of control over how your lawn will look.

One of the most important decisions you will make when selecting your synthetic grass is determining the color of your lawn. Natural grass is green, but the shade of the grass can differ greatly depending on its type. For example, Bermuda grass tends to be a dark green shade, while St. Augustine grass is typically much lighter.

Just like with natural grass types, you can select an artificial turf lawn that has a specific shade. Color tints run from light green to dark green and can be matched to mimic specific types of natural grass. It’s even possible to get artificial turf that has brown at the bottom so that it looks like the layer of dead grass and dirt at the bottom of most natural grass lawns. You can get a sense for what the shade of grass will look like by requesting a sample. When you receive your full order, compare it to the sample to make sure that the shades match.

Before you select your artificial turf, it might be a good idea to take a tour around your neighborhood and see the types of grasses that are installed in your neighbor’s lawns. Having an artificial grass lawn that closely resembles the types of natural grass lawns that surround your home can make it feel more natural and less obtrusive.

The color tint of your lawn impacts more than just its look; it can also play a role in how hot your lawn gets over the summer. Artificial turf that is a darker shade will absorbs and retains more sunlight than synthetic turf that is a lighter shade. This means that darker turfs will be warmer to the touch. You’ll want to keep this in mind — particularly if you live in warm weather environments or will be installing your lawn in a place that will have little shade. In these situations, a lighter shade of artificial turf is likely your best bet.


Artificial Turf Supply Commercial & Residential Division can help homeowners or business property owners find the right artificial grass for their landscaping needs. Visit their website to find out more about the different options available.