There are so many benefits to using water-wise, native plants in your lawn. Not only do they look great, but they don't need much water or fertilizer. You help conserve water resources when you use less for watering, and you protect water quality by applying less fertilizers to the soil. Remember from Frannie's Story, fertilizers can wash off the grass from rain or watering and run into streams and lakes (where Frannie and her friends live!) Fertilizer is food for plants. It is often given to plants so they can grow bigger and faster. Fertilizer will also make plants and algae grow in the water. Too many plants in the water can be bad for fish like Frannie.
Remember to also choose grass varieties for your lawn that are adapted for your region's climate, this will help reduce the need for lots of watering and chemical applications. In some cases, it may be best to skip using grass at all. For example, in desert regions, rock landscaping has taken off as a water-wise landscaping option.