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With spring gardening upon us, consider adding native plants to your garden and landscaping

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky Did you know you can help Kentucky’s ecosystem by adding native plants to your garden and landscaping? Native plants mitigate the impacts of global warming by storing more carbon than their non-native counterparts. Climate change is caused by the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. When native plants store carbon in their roots and soil, they help the environment...

Rare native yellowwood can make outstanding mid-size tree for the home or urban landscape

By Bridget Abernathy Special to KyForward Native trees make up a portion of all urban landscapes. Our urban streetscapes, greenways, parks, and yards are ideal places for integrating native plants, and restoring their ecological function and value. Native plants growing in urban landscapes help to improve water quality by slowing and infiltrating stormwater, provide habitat and biodiversity, reduce...