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Why Go Native?

Why should you make the change to native plants in your landscape?

American Goldfinch
American goldfinches eat seeds of native plants like orange coneflower.

More Wildlife - Would you like to have more birds and butterflies in your backyard?  Native animals are best adapted to native plants for food and cover, so a well-planned landscape of native plants can help you attract more wildlife to your property. 

Low Maintenance - Plants native to an area are well suited to the local soils and climate, and require relatively little upkeep once established on an appropriate site.

Avoid Invasive Exotics - The spread of invasive, exotic plants poses a threat to native plants and animals around the world.  You can do your part to slow down these threats in your area.

Native plant landscape
Native plant landscapes help balance habitat loss.

Balance Habitat Loss – With current human population growth, we are losing wildlife habitat at an alarming rate.  You can help balance this loss by creating new habitat with native plants.

Avoid Common Mistakes – Many common landscaping practices, like planting only one species across a large area, are actually bad for wildlife.  By creating an integrated native plant landscape you can avoid having a property that provides little or no habitat for wildlife.

Check out this 10-minute video to see and hear why you should go native!

Much of the information from this website is available in hard copy in the three publications entitled Managing Backyards and Other Urban Habitats for Birds, Butterflies in Your Backyard, and Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.

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