Your impact reaches far beyond your own garden. If you have a lawn, consider making it smaller with wildflowers, shrubs, trees and other native plants.
Your wildlife garden helps save the planet.
Native plants thrive in the soils, moisture and weather of your region, which means you’ll have to water less, which can be wasteful.
Replacing turf with native plants reverses lawn dominance in the landscape, a key contributor to habitat loss that has hurt many wildlife species. By doing so, you’ll cut down on the amount of water, pesticides and fertilizers you use. Native plantings also minimize further negative impact on wildlife and pollution of local water resources.
Roots have a reason. Beyond a plants feeding system, the deep root structures of many native plants create channels in the soil which aid in storm water run off, supporting healthy watersheds
Natives draw carbon out of the air and store it in their leaves and root systems. These plants then also release oxygen, which is essential to all life on our planet. Carbon retained in the soil helps plants grow and feed microrganisms that healthy soil needs.
The land where wildlife live is replaced by millions of acres of urban and suburban development each year. The truth is, key wildlife species that visit our backyards and communities are disappearing. Native plants are those that have formed tight relationships with wildlife over thousands of years and create the most productive and sustainable place for wildlife to live.