NEW JERSEY — With all the extra time at home lately, lots of New Jerseyans are trading travel plans for house projects, starting gardens, and finding ways to make our yards a little more cozy, colorful, and self-sufficient. The right kind of landscaping — including utilizing native plants and knowing which plants are invasive — can also make a better home for beneficial insects (and other wildlife, too), for whom backyard habitats are important "stepping-stones" that keep their populations healthy and connected.  

Jersey-Friendly Yards has tips to help you create that better yard. Mow less and flower more...get inspired with the Interactive Yard tool. 

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Catch the summer webinar series, "Wild About Jersey-Friendly Yards," to get bonus pointers for your backyard habitat. And check the Jersey-Friendly plant database to pick the best native plantings for your specific part of the Garden State. was developed by the Barnegat Bay Partnership with a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey Guidance Document (Chapter 4, page 9) has even more resources like these. As the site says, "You don't need a lot of land to be part of the CHANJ!"