Yes, the registration fee with NWF is $20. Use this link to start the certification process.
All native organisms play an important role in the ecosystem. Worms digest dead leaves to create rich soil for plants to grow healthy. Bees and wasps pollinate plants, while spiders control other insect populations. Predators, insects, and reptiles are natural, normal, and essential to the ecosystem.
LA Sanitation & Environment offers free street trees to be planted in the parkway. Our partner, City Plants, has a free Yard Tree Delivery Program, where residents can request up to seven shade trees per address. Trees provide cover, habitat, and food sources for all kinds of wildlife.
Native plants have evolved to thrive in California’s Mediterranean climate of rainy winters, dry hot summers, and even wildfires. They are adapted to need very little watering even through the summer months. After a few seasons, larger perennial plants won’t even need to be watered. For additional information on capturing rainwater and improving onsite water infiltration, see our Residential Solutions page.
Southern California is lucky to have a year-round growing season. Native plants can be planted at any time of the year, but for best results, plant seedlings at the end of the wet season (February - early March). Vegetable gardens can be grown at any time of the year.
Yes! Most native species can be grown in containers and pots. Select species that will fit the space you have. Balcony gardens are a great opportunity to attract birds and other flying organisms.