Versus Invasive Plants, Non-Native Plants, and Lawns
Runoff fertilizer promotes algae growth in nearby lakes and ponds. Algae depletes the water of oxygen, making it harder for other organisms to survive. @MPCA Photos, Flicker, used through CC BY-NC 2.0.
The greater variety of plants, a greater number of organisms can be supported. Plants are integral to maintaining other animals, especially threatened and endangered species. @Geoff Holland, used through CC BY-SA 2.0.
Quick Planting Tips
Common Natives in the US by Region
Invasive Species Around the World
A Planting Native Story
(The backyard is also a favorite spot for bats because all of the plants attract a lot of insects!)
NOTE: it may be more effective to visit a local gardening store and ask about plants native to your area.