Native species are adapted to the normal weather extremes, expected rainfall, and the other native plants and animals indigenous to our area where they evolved. A healthy yard is full of plants and trees that are native and supported by the natural environment, provide food and habitat for pollinators and wildlife, and do not require costly and polluting measures to allow them to thrive.
Find out what kind of native plants, trees and shrubs would work best for the conditions in your yard. Consider replacing some of your lawn with some native plants and increase the area in size every year. Learn more about the important role native plants play in providing food for our pollinators and insects that feed our bird populations. Join the pollinator pathway and consider using i-Naturalist to document the biodiversity in your yard.
Local Natives (including deer resistant)
New York Department of Enviornmental Conservation Native Plant lists:
Bringing Nature Home is an inspiring resource
Invasive species can be plants, vines, shrubs and trees that are not native to an area and threaten the natural ecosystem. They often spread and choke out natural vegetation. Many invasives are exotic plants, introduced as ornamentals for our gardens, or by accident, brought here from another continent.
For a healthy yard, work to remove invasives over time and plant natives in their place.
YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE REMOVING INVASIVE SPECIES
The Town of Bedford Conservation Board received a grant to remove invasive kiwi vine and using Bedford 2030’s vine cutting equipment, volunteers worked to remove this aggressive vine. The effort was a great success and eradicated this invasive from our town so that native trees and shrubs can thrive.