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The Grow Me Instead (Southern Ontario) guide, 3rd Edition, is now available online! This release marks the most notable update of this popular guide since its initial release in 2010. With nearly 40 new “invasives” and “alternatives” included, this guide remains a fixture for invasive-free gardening across Ontario.

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One of the main advantages of growing native plants over invasive species is that they require less maintenance. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil, so they don’t need as much water, fertilizer, or other care. They also tend to be more resistant to pests and diseases. As a result, they can often be left to fend for themselves, which saves time and money. Another advantage of native plants is that they provide a habitat for local wildlife.


Birds, bees, and other animals rely on native plants for food and shelter. Invasive species often don’t provide the same benefits, and can even drive out native wildlife. Finally, native plants help to preserve the local ecosystem. By definition, invasive species are not part of the natural ecosystem. They can disrupt the delicate balance of nature, leading to problems like soil erosion and water pollution. In contrast, native plants support the ecosystem by playing their natural role.

For all these reasons, it’s clear that there are many advantages to growing native plants over invasive species.

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