Rain gardens encourage rainwater to infiltrate into the ground. As the rainwater travels through the soil, sediment and other pollutants are filtered. Learn more about stormwater quality and how to build a rain garden on the Monroe County Stormwater Quality website.
Native Indiana plants have existed in our area since before European settlement. Once established, they require little fertilization or watering. They are also an important part of the local ecosystem, providing food for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Learn more from the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society.
Composting is an easy way to turn leftover food and landscaping scraps into fertile soil for your garden. For information on how to compost and what to compost, visit the EPA composting website.
Create a backyard or schoolyard that is welcoming to wildlife by participating in the NWF's Certified Wildlife Habitat program. The NWF website provides simple tips for turning your yard, whether large or small, into a wildlife-friendly place.