Day with you is never a regret nor waste. Thank you once again yet for another life lesson on Earth. Important Facts. Native plants are adapted to the local area and its climate. Unfortunately many of our beautiful non-native garden flowers provide little or no food for honeybees, native pollinators, songbirds, and other wildlife. Non-native plants have the potential to become invasive species - weeds that spread rapidly and often crowd out native species.
Reduce Maintenance. Local native plants need no fertilization, no pesticides, and little or no watering once they are established so they reduce maintenance cost. Native plant gardens require weeding and some maintenance. Native wildflower and grasses are very beautiful, produce a wide variety of shapes, colors, and bloom times.
Increase Critical Wildlife Habitat. Loss of native plant habitat is the main cause of local extinctions of native wildlife. Since urban development and agriculture have removed a large percentage of native plant populations from the Iowa landscape; many pollinator, songbird, and other native wildlife populations are rapidly declining.
Help our Songbirds. Migrating songbird populations have declined 1% annually during the last 50 years. Songbirds feed their young insect larvae which are found mostly on native plants. The result of declining native plant populations from the landscape is that many baby birds starve. Planting natives in urban yards and rain gardens increases songbird populations.