Iowa Stormwater Education Program

Native Landscaping

Plants, native to Iowa, enhance the landscapes' ability to manage stormwater. It features hardy plants and grasses with deep root systems, creating open space and allowing rainfall to percolate into the soil below. Native plants should be strategically placed in the landscape to enhance infiltration of stormwater.

Native plants are adapted to our Iowa climate and tolerant of weather extremes, they create a diverse habitat that attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife and most importantly don't require fertilizer and pesticides to survive.

Many of the infiltration based stormwater management practices use native plants. Natives 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.

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