Snap a photo of a plant you ID’d or your plant inventory list and share it with our Facebook group or email it to me!
Week 1: Community Results
Check out what you all have accomplished in Week 1 of the Challenge…
New Plants Identified
I discovered a volunteer Carolina snail seed recently. – Dabney, TX
I found a new one in my garden today: Genum canadense (White Avens). It looks similar to a strawberry plant. Identified it via an app. I was getting ready to pull it up and decided it was too pretty not to just leave alone! – Linda, TX
I’ve learned so much from using iNaturalist! What I thought was some sort of morning glory coming up was actually Chinese parasol tree – an invasive here in Austin! I pulled them up right quick. – Alicia, TX
I used the Seek app to figure out a tree in my backyard is a Chinese Photinia and another tree is a Yaupon Holly. – Vicki, TX
Print this garden planner to start a wishlist of plants you would like to add. Be sure to find plants that fit the size & sun conditions of the areas where you plan to plant them.
3. Head to the nursery!
Head to the nursery that carries native plants. Bring your list and see what they have! Read plant labels closely to make sure you’re getting the right plant!
Week 3: Community Results
Check out what you have accomplished in Week 3 of the Challenge!
Gayle in MN says…
Here’s what I’ve got going into my Lawns to Legumes planting…know it’s a lot. But diversity, right? Also, a dense, layered planting. And I needed at least three things in bloom spring, summer, and fall. And I needed as many of my plants, as possible, to be preferred by the Federally endangered Rusty-patched Bumblebee (I got 6). Also, if any of my plants do not thrive, their demise won’t be noticed. I did do my research. These are all woodland plants that should also do well on a floodplain.
Yes, it’s different to do a pollinator garden that isn’t in full sun. I had already seeded all my full sun areas (what little there is). This plant list can be repeated throughout my double lot.Trees and shrubs will start arriving today! I have over 30 of them that I will be adding. Fortunately, I had already pre-measured for spacing and dug preliminary holes:
Wild Blue Phlox
Week 4: Planting Time!
To conquer the Native Backyards Challenge add at least 2 new native plants to your yard:
1. Purchase your plants
If you haven’t done so already, find a local nursery that sells plants native to your area, and make a trip this week! When checking out plants at the nursery, it is helpful to look for the scientific name. You can Google the name along with “native” to make sure it is native to your area before purchasing.
2. Prep and plant
Make sure your planting area is big enough for the mature size of the plant and has adequate sunlight for it to thrive. Make a hole as deep as the pot and loosen any pot bound roots. Water thoroughly after planting, and every couple days for the first several weeks and then weekly until it is established.
3. Watch for insects!
Spend a few moments out in your yard this week and find a new-to-you insect to photograph. Try to identify it by uploading the photos to the iNaturalist app and share a pic with us along with some info about the insect. Once you plant natives they will come! You are providing important habitat.
Week 4: Community Results
Congrats to all of you who conquered the Native Backyards Challenge!
Check out how Aracely in Texas created a beautiful native garden with a backdrop and water trough: