Bay Friendly Yards

Long Island invented the suburban lawn.  It’s time to reinvent it.   Let’s plant natives, let’s bring them back.  They require no fertilizer or pesticides, no extra water.  They are more beautiful, are less expensive to maintain, and they help restore habitat.  They also help filter our groundwater before it reaches the bay and our water supply.

Download our free Bay Friendly Yards eBook

  • Step-by-step instructions on assessing your yard
  • Lists of LI native species
  • Tips on how to arrange these plantings

Plant Bay Friendly Natives

Choose from three curated native plant bundles designed by our experts with Long Island yards specifically in mind – yards that retain water, dry yard areas, or coastal yards!
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Red Maple Swamp Forest

Recommended for yard areas that retain water

Maples, elms and ferns, oh my! With a growing season from late May through Summer, provides striking seasonal leaf color to be enjoyed in the Fall.

 

Pitch Pine Oak Forest

Pitch Pine Oak Forest

Recommended for dry yard areas

Overhead coverage with a mix of pitch pine, oak and a layer of low shrubs. During midsummer, blueberry comes into fruit, producing a tasty snack.

 

Red Cedar Maritime Forest

Red Cedar Maritime Forest

Recommended for coastal yards

Shines in Fall when the bluish-black berry-like fruit ripens and migrating birds such as Cedar Waxwing can be seen devouring the berries.

Become a Certified Bay Friendly Yard

Do you practice sustainable gardening methods? 

– Habitat Restoration

– Stormwater Management

– Local Stewardship

Become a Certified Bay Friendly Yard and proudly display a yard sign.

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Recent progress promoting “Bay Friendly Yards”

Here’s what we’ve recently been up to. Your participation could look like one of these updates, or – if you can’t dive in there and get dirty yourself, just support the project and we’ll find a way to do it. Everyone has a part in this shared cause.

Co-Founder Save The Great South Bay
A Passion For The Bay (Via Suffolk County News) April 26, 2019

Marshall Brown of Sayville grew up within a block of The Great South Bay. He’s come home, and his mission is to save it. Read more

Attention Bayport! Volunteer To Pitch In With Your Creek Defender Bob Draffin Today! April 8, 2019

Bob Draffin, President of The Bayport Civic Association and now President of The Sayville Rotary Club, is now Bayport’s Creek Defender!   In the video below,… Read more

Defending Patchogue’s Creeks April 3, 2019

Join your Creek Defenders and the rest of The Patchogue Community and help The Great South Bay! Read more

Sewering Oakdale March 30, 2019

OAKDALE—Suffolk County Legis. William Lindsay met with residents at the Oakdale Civic meeting last week regarding plans to sewer parts of Oakdale using New York… Read more