That's OK, I heavily favor natives as well ;) ! I think non-natives can be
used, but very carefully. There are too many disasters already - purple
loosestrife and the indian pepper tree being 2 I remember off the top of my
OTOH that's part of what fascinates me about reading up on the horticulture
of each new area I end up in - I really enjoy the natural history part of
it, learning what the native species are, how they interact with the native
critters and soils, what cultivars exist, and how/where to use the various
forms and colors.
Possibly because the hardwoods make stronger roots, consume more CO2 (whcih
means, grow more robustly)...? THat's a guess, I never looked into it but
it's something to research.
When I'm in an optimistic mood, I say, They're prob. trying to compensate
for the general lack of common sense. But I'm sure there is also an
element of just plain ol' lust for control/power.
Possibility of good intentions and terrible methodology for carrying
through on them.
THe problem is that most people know very little about
botany/horticulture/landscaping/gardening or however one wants to
categorize the selection, proper planting, and care of plants that are
well-suited to a site.
Not that I know a whole heck of a lot either, but that's why I read so many
books about it =;-) The thing is that few people are interested in
spending hours pouring over a bunch of books, esp. if they don't have any
background/education in biology/botany.
((Yeah, I know I use the "word1/word2" format a great deall, but it's
because I think in concepts and can't always fish up the best word for what
I'm trying to say :( ))
THen there is al the associated stuff - sitting down and trying to figure
out what colors, textures, and shapes of suitable plants are good for all
the little areas around the yard.
It's just so much easier to go to Target or Home Depot, etc., and pick up
anything that looks OK, and stick it in the ground somewhere.
The problem being that this is how we ended up with infestations of purple
loosestrife, indian pepper tree, Arundo donax, eucalyptus, and so on, and
on, and on... THe other thing is that, being a hurricane zone, as you
already noted, one would have to pay attention to the stability of the
plant, if it's of any size. If someone just throws in any ol' tree and it
dies, or can't establish deep roots, it ends up becoming a missile when the
next storm hits.
That is the advantage, also, of native plants (and cultivars thereof).
THey're pre-adapted to the local weather and climate. They also tend to be
less "thirsty" than a lot of non-natives.
It never ceases to amaze and disgust me that people yap about wanting to
move to a different climate and region - and then bring the exact same
architectural styles and the exact same plants that they had in the first
region/climate, *regardless* of how unsuitable they may be. Which si why
the Western aquifers are being sucked dry...
OTOH, they exist mainly because people are stupid and lazy. Just like the
laws and jails don't exist for the people who wouldn't steal etc., they
exist for the people who don't give a crap about anyone else and think they
have the right to do anything they want with and to anyone else and their
property. It's rather like closing the proverbial barn door after the
horse has already run away, but it's at least a *little* bit of a
Personally, I'd rather be allowed to put up electrified razor wire around
my place, as opposed to depending on the law to catch soem robber (or
worse) after the fact. But I digress, and that's another tirade =8-o
In essence, I don't care one bit if some numbnut destroys his own house,
but I'd be exceedingly peeved if his stupidity, laziness, and carelessness
caused *my* place to be turned into splinters. I think rules and
regulations ahve gone waaaaay overboard, and many end up being self-
defeating, but OTOH, when one is not permitted to protect oneself from
other poeple's stupidity (and/or other negative traits), what's the
That's the problem. Trying to avoid having them turn into missiles when a
high wind comes along.
In an ideal world, people would at least read the instructions, and even
better, at least *consult* a professional - btu we live in a world ruled by
The Almighty Sacred Belly of the Bell Curve, the Untouchable Average, the
Moronic Mean. So we're stuck with rules'n'regs....
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