There are 50 million acres of lawn in the US. Maintaining all this turf requires trillions of gallons of water, 200 million gallons of gas (for mowing) and 70 million pounds of pesticide per year. All those inputs take a big toll on the environment – and your budget. When you switch from turf to native plants, you can put those power tools, pesticides, and sprinklers away. Instead, you can sit back and enjoy the birds, bees and butterflies flocking to your yard.