A recent study reported on how gardens that plant natives help create “mini-refuges”. These yards help to offset loss of the native biodiversity and native habitat. This is more supportive of native birds than lawns or other non-native plantings. For example desert birds prefer desert plants, not green lawns of non-native grasses. Read more at: nsf.gov – National Science Foundation NSF News – Native Plants in Urban Yards Offer Birds “Mini-Refuges” – US National Science Foundation NSF.
Fall after the first good rains is the ideal time to plant natives in your garden.