I am writing to respectfully comment on two particular items contained in Councilman Lough’s recommended revisions to the city’s landscape ordinance as reported in the May 13 edition of the Sun-Commercial.

First Mr. Lough stated that the current ordinance limits bushes that can be planted to only native species. To the best of my understanding, the current ordinance does not require native species, but does strongly recommend their use. In my opinion, this is proper. Native species are fully adapted to our growing conditions. This means that they provide maximum ecological benefits, particularly as a food source for wildlife as well as habitat. I would also add parenthetically that although native plants occur naturally, they shouldn’t necessarily be considered weeds and are not unattractive. Farmers like myself, have tended to be challenged in that regard.

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