Yes, it’s cold outside and the forecast says that’s going to be the case for another month or two, although you’ll start to see snowdrops and crocuses any day now.
But it’s not too soon to think about planting your garden or upgrading the landscaping around your home. And the best way to do that is with native plants. They require less care, less water, less fertilizer and they’re better for the environment — they help control erosion and storm water runoff and provide food and habitat for native birds and insects.
One source of native plant seed, as well as plant kits and plants, shrubs and trees is the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), which holds a sale every year in late winter.
Six different native seed packets are available with enough seed in each to cover 250 square feet. Native plant kits contain 50 plugs, which cover 200 square feet, with Prairie Wildflower, Prairie Grass, Shade and Rain Garden kits. Spring order deadline is March 27. They also offer 12 types of herbaceous perennials, 14 types of shrubs, and eight types of trees, with three in each order. Deadline to order is March 13.
To find out more & place an order, go to at cuyahogaswcd.org and click on Native Seed, Plant, and Tree/Shrub sales.