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Your Yard

Growing a sustainable landscape.

Want to learn more about landscaping for efficient water use, how to install a rain barrel or the best time to fertilize your yard? This is the place. We’ve also thrown in some eye-opening facts about your storm drain. Do you know where the water goes?

Bay Star Homes Program

Clean Waterways Begin at Home! Small steps add up and start in the home. By making a few small adjustments to our daily habits in [Read more]

Car Wash

Car washing woes. Did you know that washing your car can cause harm to our local waterways? When vehicles are washed on hard sur [Read more]


Fertilizing facts in Hampton Roads
Get the facts about fertilizing in Hampton Roads! Stop and think before you fertilize. You will save yourself time and money all [Read more]

Lawn & Garden Care

Lawn Garden Care
Work smarter, not harder, in your yard! Your yard can be one of the greatest defenses against water pollution. Every plant, flowe [Read more]

Lawn Care Provider Questions

Eight questions to ask your lawn care provider to ensure their practices benefit your lawn and our local waterways. [Read more]

Living Shorelines

Living Shorelines
Give your shoreline new life! Many shorelines, especially those on residential properties, have their native plants, grasses and [Read more]


Protect your yard with mulch! Mulch helps control erosion, retain moisture and stabilize soil temperature. A two-inch layer [Read more]

Native Plants

Learn water savvy from the natives. Many of the native plants that thrive on the East Coast are already water savvy. They’ve [Read more]

Pool & Spa Maintenance

Pool Spa Maintenance
Stay in the swim with pool and spa maintenance tips! The average swimming pool holds 19,000 gallons of water that may contain a [Read more]

Rain Barrels

Rain barrels save water and money! A downspout that leads from the roof of a house to a hard surface like a driveway or sidewalk [Read more]

Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens
Rain gardens are a beautiful way to keep our waterways clean! A rain garden is a landscaped area specially designed to collect ra [Read more]

Scoop the Poop

Scoop Dog Poop
Doody call! Walking Fido is a great way to get out of the house and get moving. But be prepared to "Scoop the Poop" when nature c [Read more]

Scoop the Poop Pledge

Why Scoop the Poop? Poop pollutes! Pet waste is high in bacteria and nitrogen. When it rains, pet waste is washed into storm drai [Read more]

Smart Water Use: Outdoor

Smart Water Use Outdoor
Be water-wise at home and in your yard. Our homes and yards are filled with helpful tools and simple reminders to use water wisel [Read more]

Soil Testing

Test, don't just guess about fertilizing. [Read more]

Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff puts pollution on the fast-track. The flow of rain or melted snow over parking lots, sidewalks, streets and oth [Read more]

Total Maximum Daily Load

Total Maximum Daily Load
The Chesapeake Bay Diet. You may be aware of cleanup efforts and pollution diets for the Chesapeake Bay. Total Maximum Daily Loa [Read more]