continued “It’s been a delight,” she said.
LGA employee Emily DeBolt said that homeowners are encouraged by landscapers or nurseries to purchase plants that may be attractive but are not the best for the local environment.
‘‘Many of the popular non-native species people plant such as burning bush or shrubby honeysuckle may seem harmless, but when a bird eats their fruit and spreads their seeds the plants propagate and soon crowd out the native species, reducing the biodiversity needed to keep the forest ecologically healthy,” she said, adding that Lake George’s water quality depends on the health of its off-shore landscape.
Native plants come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, she said. Some provide interest in all four seasons. Many attract hummingbirds, butterflies or birds. There are species that are salt tolerant and others that are deer resistant, she added.