Things you can do to help the Bay in your yard with landscaping.
Web page on the Foundation’s website that lists resources to enable homeowners to obtain native plants for landscaping private property.
With increased development, deforestation, loss of habitat, and extensive lawns, the Chesapeake Bay watershed has lost much of the diversity and genetic heritage of its native plants. Local wildlife, such as birds, insects, and mammals are also critically dependent on native plant communities (the zebra swallowtail butterfly, for example, feeds almost exclusively on pawpaw trees during its larval stage).
Native plants are plants that are indigenous to a specific region (e.g. the Mid-Atlantic) or area (e.g. the county where you live). They are adapted to local conditions of moisture, soil, and seasonal temperatures. While native plants are not maintenance-free, they require much less water, fertilizer, and care than non-native plants.