March 06, 2017

Committed to Native Landscapes

  • Golf Course to Prairie

    As a company firmly rooted in northwest Ohio, it is fitting that The Andersons chose a palette of regionally-native plants for its new headquarters. However, the decision to transform a former golf course into a landscape of native plant meadows and bioswales was far more than an aesthetic choice: it was a visible commitment to efficient operation, environmental stewardship, and good corporate citizenship.

  • Economic & Environmental Benefits

    Native landscapes require far less maintenance and fewer resources than typical commercial landscapes, because the plants are so well-adapted to the local climate and soils. Meadows typically need to be mowed just once per year, irrigation is unnecessary once the plants establish, and fertilizer use can be eliminated.

    The environmental benefits of landscaping with native plants are even more important than those energy and resource savings. Plants’ inherent water filtration and absorption capabilities reduce the volume of high-nutrient, pollutant-laden storm water runoff that contaminates our watershed and contributes to algal blooms in Lake Erie.

  • Co-Evolved Landscape

    Native plants also offer wildlife critical food and habitat in a landscape dominated by concrete, asphalt, and lawns. Having co-evolved over millennia, our native species now rely on each other for survival and cannot thrive where only exotic plants grow. If we enjoy watching butterflies and hope to attract songbirds, we must provide the array of native plants they require.

    People, too, can benefit directly from native plant landscapes by reaping the positive psychological effects of viewing and interacting with the natural world – regardless of whether that experience is a lunchtime walk along paths through the meadow, or simply crossing a parking lot that has large medians full of shade trees and flowering plants.