Nosara homeowners: the importance of native plants.

Ask most expats their reason for choosing to buy land and build a home in Nosara, and most will  respond with an answer that involves “wildlife” and “nature”. Unfortunately, in the excitement of constructing a new home many people overlook the fact that the “wildlife” and “nature” they came to immerse themselves in is contingent upon the the preservation of the local environment.

As the numbers of people looking to move and create a life in Costa Rica’s fragile environment increase, “sustainability” has become a buzzword among everyone from architects to real estate agents and developers. Simply put, ‘sustainability’ means, in construction terms, the creation of a landscape that conforms with the surrounding terrain and preserves and protects natures delicate balance. The development of this kind of landscape requires a well thought out design that addresses and incorporates as many natural processes as possible

Although increased construction of homes, businesses and other structures isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon, there is still some very simple measures that people can take to ensure the local wildlife is impacted as little as possible. These include renewable energy, correct local materials, water recycling and more. However, one of the simplest and most effective ways of achieving this involves the planting of native Guanacaste flora in gardens. Although this sounds obvious, the amount of individuals who choose to import plants from other areas of Costa Rica is surprising. Often, these plants which evolved in environments dissimilar  to that of the tough conditions in Guanacaste require much more care. To survive and thrive often requires high input of labor, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and fertilizers. Additionally, in a town that often struggles to keep up with water demand, these plants require much more moisture.

In addition to saving precious water resources, many native plants help to restore natural habitats, therefore attracting birds, reptiles, insects and animal species. If you care about sustainability and the environment, speak to the owner of the one of the local plant nurseries in Nosara about the most sustainable way to adorn your garden with native plants. In addition to helping the environment and saving water, it may be one of the simplest, cheapest, and most effective ways to ensure the wildlife you came to live among stays around for you, and future generations to enjoy in the future.

Curious to know more about Nosara and it’s native species? Check out some of Nosara’s native bird species.

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