There are a lot of great ways to beautify your landscape, reduce your maintenance and costs, and put the rain to work in your yard. From splash blocks to rain barrels, and practicing natural yard care to enjoy more wildlife, there’s something for everyone!
Slow the rain down once it’s hit the ground, and put it to use before it runs down the storm drain, or down the road. Planting small shrubs and perennial plants along the edges of your yard will enhance your landscape, increase your property value and capture some of that rain, allowing it to soak into the ground.
For better grass and less summer watering, add a layer of compost to your lawn (1/4 inch) and planted areas (1 – 2 inches). This will help your soil absorb and hold rainfall, leading to a healthier lawn and plantings, and reduce your water bill and need for fertilizers. Do this annually in the late spring/early summer (May) or as needed.
“Layering” your landscape means you put the tallest plants in the back of your planted area, the shortest in the front, and mix other heights in between. Besides creating interest in your garden, this provides great habitat for wildlife, and also catches rain drops so they don’t become runoff. The extra shade also helps your soil hold moisture during our dry summers.
By working with nature in your yard, you can have a great looking landscape that’s easier to care for and healthier for families, pets, wildlife, and our great Northwest environment. Check out the great publications linked below, or sign up for our workshops notifications to learn more at events in your neighborhood!