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Why Naturalize?

Benefits to planting native trees and shrubs, and stop mowing areas that are suitable for naturalization include:

Economic Benefits

  • Trees and shrubs capture rainwater, reducing stormwater runoff which will avoid overloading drainage systems and reducing the risk of flooding
  • Reduced maintenance costs - specifically, reduced mowing
  • Fruit bearing trees and shrubs add to the sustainability of local food production

Environmental Benefits

  • Native plants, birds and other wildlife populations are able to re-establish themselves
  • Native plants also provide essential food for the native pollinator species and birds
  • Plants reduce atmospheric greenhouse gasses, clean the air and maintain oxygen levels required to support life
  • Plants stabilize slopes along river banks, preventing erosion
  • Provide windbreaks for snow capture and dust reduction

Quality of Life Benefits

  • The landscape will become a source of beauty as naturalized park and roadway sites mature
  • Citizens can become involved in environmental programs
  • Increased green and shady areas for people to spend time in for walking, picnics, berry picking, and other outdoor activities
  • Spending time in forests and looking at trees increases relaxation and mental health
  • Noise levels are reduced as dense plantings mature

For More Information

311 Contact Centre


In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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