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This, however, is not the only way to supply water. Instead of spending a lot of money on expensive bird baths, I leave low saucers out in my yard, such as those used underneath plants. These collect the water when it rains. To alleviate concerns about West Nile virus, I need to empty these saucers and refill them periodically. A couple of years ago, I removed a patch of lawn that was the low spot in my yard and replaced it with a rain garden. This area, which was next to my driveway, flooded after every hard rain storm leaving a swampy mess. I replaced it with native plants that love moist soil. Now, instead of adding to the run-off that makes it into the sewer system, the water percolates slowly into the ground. And we have no more flooding problems. My garden also incorporates cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum). The leaves of this plant collect water during each rainstorm.

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The plants and earth will also be a host to insects that are food sources as well. This is another important reason to eliminate pesticides and harmful chemicals from your yard. The National Wildlife Federation recommends the use of native plants in your yard. The trees, shrubs and flowers that grow naturally in your area of the country are naturally going to be more hardy. This means fewer problems for the plants and less maintenance for you. Plants that are not in their natural environment are much more susceptible to pests and diseases.