Plant native plants to help nature
Making sure insects have the food they need is particularly important now that scientists are documenting global declines in insect populations. If insects decline, so does everything else.
Native plants have evolved along with the insects that eat them; they are able to detoxify and digest native plants. Most insects lack the enzymes necessary to eat non-native plants, like the ornamental trees and other plants so common in landscaping.
Adding even a few native plants to your backyard or balcony can help wildlife by feeding them and providing shelter. Get started with these basic resources or find more in-depth guides at the links below.
Buying native plants
Garden Tour Videos
Take a garden tour with DNR conservation biologist Amy Staffen as she showcases her native plants and provides a few tips and tricks for maximizing your yard for Wisconsin wildlife.
Interested in more detailed guides offering more plant selections? Try these other resources and partners.
- Birding and bird conservation
- Wisconsin's native pollinators
- DNR’s Simple Steps to Help Pollinators
- The Field Museum’s Creating Monarch Habitat in Your Midwestern Garden
- Xerces' Pollinator Plants Great Lakes Guide
- Xerces’ Pollinator Meadow Installation Guide and Checklist
- Pollinator Partnership's Eco-Regional Planting Guides
- DNR's Native Plant Recommendations for Landscaping
- Wisconsin School Garden Initiative