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Do you know that native plants, like these prairie wildflowers, have deep root systems which penetrate soil to depths of up to 16 feet?! During the dry summer months, roots reach deep into the ground to find water, which is why they become more drought resistant than their non-native counterparts. 
This is how you recharge aquifers, created abundant foodscapes, encourage biodiversity, and mitigate the effects of natural disasters - through the planting of native grasses and plants. 
| CLICK to read "The Ecological Relations of Roots" by John Ernest Weaver (234 pages) (1919). Use the arrow key for quicker scrolling.