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Why Should You Make the Change to Native Plants in Your Landscape?

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  • 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 Non-Natives – The spread of invasive, non-native 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.
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  • 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 habitats 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.

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