The Importance of Native Trees in Rural Landscaping and Design

5 January, 2016

Trees are always a part of rural landscaping and design, but using native trees for a landscaping project is different from using conventional trees and shrubs. Unlike conventional plants and trees, native trees survive for longer periods of time because most of them are hardy and that they can withstand on lands that have low nutrient soils as well as having dry conditions within the atmosphere. Native plant species such as cabbage trees provide food and shelter to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including some endangered species.

Landowners and farmers agree on the value that these trees provide to a piece of property, since they provide:

– Habitat for wildlife
– Shelter and shade
– Flood protection
– Fodder for animals during dry season
– Absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
– Aesthetic value to the property

Native trees also provide stability to the property since the  and can withstand environmental disruptions like extreme weather, erosion, and foraging from animals.

These species also have a better chance of survival compared to other plant species since they are endemic in the area and easily adapt to the land. Landscape planting services are use eco-sourced plants or plants that are locally sourced to ensure that the plants used are robust and well adapted to the area.

There are a wide variety of native trees that can be used for rural landscaping and design. Some of the most commonly used species are:  

● Macrocarpa and other conifers – They are commonly called cypresses. They are classified either as shelters or timbers. Examples of such species are the Douglas fir or the Japanese cedar. They are used provide shade to shrubs and stability to the soil.
● Poplars and willows – These are mainly ornamental trees and they also shelter to several animal species. The Lombardy poplar, silver poplar and the eastern cottonwood are types of poplars most commonly used for landscaping purposes or ecological restoration projects.
● (Australian) Hardwoods – Gums and Wattles are hardwoods (timbers) that can be used for restoration and landscaping projects. Wattles, sometimes called Acacia trees, provide firewood as well as shelter to a host of species.

Challenges of Using Native Trees

Despite the benefits of using native trees in your property, farmers and property owners alike are still faced with the challenging task of putting them even in their farm plan. Planting and maintenance of trees require some effort and it takes several years to reap the rewards. Landowners might also be forced to demolish or reconstruct buildings and structures in order to accommodate such trees in the design.

To minimize these concerns, hiring a rural landscaping expert is a must. At Rural Design, we’ll find ways to make native trees a natural and effortless part of your property. We have a team of experienced and skilled developers, adept in handling large scale native revegetation not just for rural landscaping, but urban development as well.

Consisting of fifteen units at most, our team will assist you for your landscaping needs, from your planning to the planting of native trees.

Since trees grow over time, so they shouldn’t be used haphazardly. Careful planning is needed to make the most of the process while maximizing the potential of your property. With our professional rural landscaping and design services, any native trees and plants used are there to provide long term benefits for your property.

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