You Have Questions, We Have Answers

For answers to some of the most frequently asked native landscape questions, please click the questions below. If you don’t see your question, give us a call at 314.544.7918.

  • What is a Missouri native plant? +

    A Missouri Native plant is one that originated in Missouri and was not introduced by people. It is a plant that existed within the Missouri state borders prior to the arrival of settlers.
  • What are the benefits of using native plants? +

    Native plants don’t need fertilizers and pesticides. They conserve soil and water and provide the backbone for non-polluting landscapes. They reduce long-term maintenance and support a diversity of pollinators and wildlife through improved habitat. They are winter-hardy, drought-tolerant and are less prone to destructive insects and diseases.
  • Do you have direct experience in native plants and ecological restoration? +

    Absolutely. We walk the walk. We have almost 100 years of combined experience in the fields of Horticulture and botany and direct field experience in ecological landscaping. We would love to share our resume of clients with you, including the MO DOC, the US Forest Service, many municipalities, schools, and corporations.
  • Are Native Landscapes unkept and therefore less visually appealing than conventional landscapes? +

    Native landscaping does not abandon aesthetics or design principles. Most landscape “looks” and designs can be accomplished by using native plants. Native plants generally call for more ground covers, self-mulching beds and more diverse plant palettes, but exceptions can certainly be made to achieve the general appearance envisioned by the property owner.
  • Aren’t native plants weedy? +

    Matching the right plants to a given set of conditions is the key to successful landscaping with native plants. In some cases, such as a 10-acre reconstructed prairie, you may want to use plants that tend to spread energetically by seed or underground rhizomes. This will help the planting become denser at a quicker rate and lower cost than non-spreading plants. However, in smaller landscape situations, it is important to select plants that don’t spread but grow as distinct individual clumps so they don’t invade space belonging to other plants.

    Some sun loving prairie plants become “weedy” when they are grown in soil that is too fertile and rich in organic matter. Rich soil causes prairie grasses and flowers to grow too tall and fall over. For this reason, you generally don’t want to amend the soil before planting sun-loving grasses and forbs. Most native plants that grow in shade do benefit from additions of organic matter to the soil because they are accustomed to rich forest soils.

  • Why do native plants require less water than non-native plants? +

    Native plants have incredible root systems that support the plants in times of drought. Compared with the roots of most non-native plants, warm-season grasses and flowers have a deep, extensive root system that helps absorb moisture and prevent erosion. Many species of prairie plants have roots that extend four to eight feet into the soil, while cool-season non-native grasses extend only a few inches into the soil. Deep roots allow native plants to withstand long periods of dry weather and so they require little or no watering after they are established.
  • Do native plants attract vermin? +

    Native plants attract colorful butterflies and other flying insects, such as bees, that take nectar and pollen from the flowers and are essential for pollination and thus fruit and nut production. The insects attracted to native plants also are essential food for 90 percent of birds for at least a portion of their lives. Many fruit-bearing trees and shrubs attract songbirds and game birds that eat berries and fruit in the summer, fall and winter. Native plants also provide protective cover and nesting sites for a wide variety of wildlife. Native plants do attract a wonderful array of wildlife that adds interest to our lives.
  • Will you meet with me to discuss my needs? +

    We certainly will meet with you - at your site or at our offices - your choice. Since almost all our work is customized, it is important for us to meet you and discuss your particular interests and needs.
  • Can we rely on you? +

    Reliability is one of our trademarks. While we may not be perfect, that is our goal. We strive to build long term relationships based on reliability, quality, creative problem solving and value. We can provide references upon request.
  • Are you big enough to handle my job? +

    Unless your job is extraordinary - the answer is yes. We provide services to many clients. Sometimes the service request is small, sometimes it is very large. Every year, we are involved with large projects for commercial sites, new homes, major renovations. We will tell you right up front if your job is larger than we can handle. Native Landscape Solutions has a large truck fleet, great crews, experienced management, modern equipment - all so that we can be ready to provide you with professional service.
  • Do you charge a design Fee? +

    For interested clients, we do not charge for our initial design. Our design fees will be absorbed by the landscape installation fees. Major revisions to the original design will be charged additionally.
  • Do you guarantee your work? +

    We have never walked away from a customer or their problems - and we don't intend to start now.
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