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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?

Car Wash

Car-Wash-1
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

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

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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]

Mulching

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

Native Plants

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
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 dr [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

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

Stormwater Runoff

Storm-Water-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]