We live in Arkansas, the Natural State, but what is nature?
A native plant is one that is part of the food web around it. This isn't true of manicured lawns, Bradford pear trees or burning bushes just to name a few plants in the typical landscaped yard.
Plants are the center of nature's food web, but most plant-eating insects only eat a few types of plants; those they have evolved with over thousands of years. A yard with Kentucky bluegrass, Japanese maples and Chinese privet is not much better for Arkansas birds and butterflies than a yard paved over with concrete.