Where Can I Find Planting Materials?
Depending on what you are looking for, some plant materials may be challenging to find, and cost varies too. However, if you are willing to do a little research, you will save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. If convenience is important to you, your favorite local nursery or garden center is always a good bet. For more information on local plant outlets, bulk sales, and more, the factsheet Plant Material: Groundcovers, bare root seedlings, and wattles has a lot of information for Cayuga County landowners looking to purchase plant materials for backyard buffers.
What else do I need to know?
When planting backyard buffers, it is very important to use native plants. Native plants have evolved with, and are adapted to local climate and environmental conditions. Native plants will thrive with minimum inputs from you. Conversely, exotic plants have evolved elsewhere and have been introduced to the area. Some exotic plants thrive in new areas because there is a lack of natural predators. Exotic plants can become invasive when they outcompete native plants. This process can negatively impact other plants and wildlife. The factsheet, Native Plants for New York Streamsides, lists shrubs and trees that are native to the Finger Lakes region and their flood tolerances.
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Updated: March 8, 2010