Native landscaping features hardy plants and grasses with deep root systems, which create open space in the soil below and allow rainfall to percolate deep into the ground. Native plants are adapted to Iowa's climate and tolerant of weather extremes. They create diverse habitat that attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Most importantly, once established, they don't require fertilizer, pesticides, and supplemental water to survive.
If plants native to Iowa are strategically placed, it will enhance the landscape's ability to infiltrate and manage stormwater. Many of the other infiltration-based stormwater management practices use native plants to add functionality and beauty while being low maintenance. Native plants can replace large expanses of turf grass in parks, yards, and corporate campuses. After establishment, native landscaping is less expensive to maintain than mowed turf grass areas.