Welcome to Native Backyards!

You’ve already taken the first step towards helping our planet through the power of native plants!

From your own backyard you have the ability to make a real impact on your local ecosystem by incorporating native plants that sustain insects, birds and other wildlife. Whether you add one native plant or an entire yard full, you are helping build back critical wildlife habitat that has been lost due to development, big grassy lawns, and the widespread use of non-native plants in landscaping. Are you ready to plant with a purpose? Then read on!

Plants from native backyards
Some of the beautiful plants native to my state of Texas!

Hi, I’m Haeley!

I started Native Backyards to help spread the word about the amazing benefits of native plants, with a focus on Texas natives.

You will find me in my backyard in San Antonio, TX working to transform it with natives, one plant at a time. My backyard is my happy place. If I can spend time gardening while making a difference, that makes me feel empowered! Head to the About Native Backyards page to learn more about how I became interested in native plants. I am excited to help you embark on your own journey of native gardening. I look forward to learning and experimenting together.

Volunteering at a native plant demonstration garden in San Antonio.

Do do you need a backyard?

First let’s clarify something, you don’t need a backyard to plant natives!

Any patch of earth or even a few pots on a balcony is a potential place to grow natives. At Native Backyards we encourage you to start small and work with what you have!

This site is called Native Backyards because for many of us, our backyard is where we spend the most time experiencing nature. I love watching song birds visit my fountain and squirrels chase each other from tree to tree. I have started incorporating more native plants into my backyard landscaping and the many pots I have scattered about my patio. I’m starting a wildflower meadow behind our fence and eventually will work my way to our front yard as well. Once you start it is hard to stop!

Native Backyards Garden After
My backyard where I am starting to incorporate native plants.

Helping you plant natives in your yard

I’m guessing many of you are also just starting your journey learning about native plants and using them in your own yard. I hope to be a helpful guide by providing tips and resources in one central place. Here is where I recommend starting to help answer any questions you may have:

Join our Native Backyards Challenge!

Native Backyard Challenge

Sign up now for my Native Backyard Challenge! Each week, I will send you an email with a mini challenge to help you get to know your yard and find opportunities to make it more environmentally friendly. The goal of the challenge is a simple one: at the end of four weeks, I want you to incorporate two new native plants into your yard!

Weekly email challenges include:

  • 1st week: Identify the plants in your yard
  • 2nd week: Find two spots to swap in new plants
  • 3rd week: Identify native plants in your area that are great for the environment
  • 4th week: Get planting and pat yourself on the back!

I hope you’ll join me in the Backyard Challenge as we work together to help the environment from our own yards! Even if you’re not ready to dive in, sign up for the emails so you are prepared for when the time is right. Sign up here:

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