Why Choose Native?
While Native species offer countless benefits to our natural wildlife, insects and soil health, they also offer a wide variety of benefits to those who choose to plant them.
Benefits of Native Trees & Shrubs:
- Attracts beneficial native insects, which in turn will attract native birds and other wildlife
- Creates ‘stopover’ habitat for more than 120 species of migratory birds
- Restores biodiversity and allows the natural ecosystem to function without interruption
- Benefits the local food web
- Long living trees are capable of storing carbon
- Requires less water! Since Native species are adapted to our local climate, they don’t require the same amount of water as a non-native species
- Less maintenance! Again, since these species are adapted, they require less fertilization and attention. Less fertilizer applied to the soil makes for a healthier property, for nature and for you!
- Provides support for our native pollinators! As we all know, our native bee populations are in decline. Planting appropriate species and having a fresh water source can be your part of helping to restore our populations!
See below for a list of pollinators that can be found at Baker Forestry Services
Pollinator Species by Size
- Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
- Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
- Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
- Basswood (Tilia americana)
- Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)
- Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis)
- Alternate-Leaved Dogwood (Cornus alernifolia)
- Round-Leaved Dogwood (Cornus rugosa)
- Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
- Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)
- Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)
- Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
- Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
- Buttonbush (Ceanothus occidentalis)
- Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
- Gray Dogwood (Cornus racemosa)
- Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
- Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
- Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
- Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius)
- Smooth Rose (Rosa blanda)
- Meadowsweet (Spirea alba)
- Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Be sure to check out our ‘Products & Services’ page for a full list of species!