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Native plants are like weeds and will hardly need any help to germinate and grow, right?

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This may be true for some native wildflowers, but not the majority. Each plant has preferred or ideal growing conditions, and some require very specific conditions to grow and flower year after year. If the soil moisture or sun exposure changes (a neighbour cuts down a large tree, for example), so too will the species that thrive in those conditions. When you see a meadow covered in wildflowers, you must consider how much time it has had to become what it is. It only takes a few minutes to destroy what has taken hundreds or even thousands of years to develop. It will never be the same again in your lifetime once it is destroyed. If you are building on land that has native plants growing on it - protect them as best you can. It is not easy, cheap, or even always possible to replace them.

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