Planting Happiness in Your Own Backyard
When you Plant More Plants in your yard, not only do you create a relaxing retreat from today's concrete jungles, but you also make your yard more enjoyable for everyone, including the environment.
By utilizing the simple landscaping techniques described throughout this site, you can take the first steps toward creating your very own natural sanctuary to be enjoyed by you and your family for years to come. Not to mention the positive effects your new greenery will have on the Chesapeake Bay, but more on that later.
Grab a shovel and let's grow some good in your neighborhood.
let's get our hands dirty,
and the Bay clean
Trees, shrubs and hardy perennials can beautify your home and help reduce runoff. Use plants that are adjusted to local growing conditions. Consider native plants. They are typically more resistant to insects and disease and use less water and fertilizer. That means less maintenance for you!
Here are a few planting pointers you're sure to dig:
- Know your site and plant to the existing site conditions. Check the sun exposure, soil moisture and soil type where you plan to plant, and choose plants that will grow and thrive in these conditions.
- Consider plants native to your region of the state. Along with planting to the existing site conditions, use locally native plants. Find a list here. Also, make sure to avoid invasive species.
- Choose a habitat type. Try to create or emulate a specific habitat, like woods, wetland or meadow, and choose plants that are appropriate to both your site and habitat.
grow some good
The easiest way to keep your lawn looking beautiful and your plants healthy is to keep it natural. By matching similar plants with their preferred soil, sunlight, moisture and other requirements, and planting them in natural site conditions, your newly planted landscapes will do a great job of approximating a natural habitat. This ensures that your plants will grow to their potential and keep your yard looking gorgeous and your neighbors jealous.
Here are a few simple tips to get you started:
- Plant in groups. Instead of isolating plantings, such as a tree in the middle of the lawn, group trees, shrubs and perennials to create layers of vegetation.
- Prepare the soil. Begin with deep spading, plowing, or rototilling-to a depth of six inches-to break up compacted soil and allow roots to grow deeper.
- Download tip sheets for:
• Watering (252k PDF)
• Mowing (237k PDF)
• Fertilizing (245k PDF)
• Mulching (227k PDF)
• A Virginian's Year Round Guide to Yard Care (9.7 MB PDF)
we're digging change
A healthier Bay means a safer environment for us all to enjoy for years to come.
Today, water quality in the Bay remains extremely poor because of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution caused by stormwater runoff.
To help change this, the flow of pollution must continue to be reduced. That's why we need to PLANT MORE PLANTS.
The Power of Plants
- Reduce Runoff
- Limit Erosion
- Improve Water Quality
in the Chesapeake Bay
Welcome to the voice of greener pastures, yards and everything else thriving under the sun. This is the place to grow your imagination and learn from the experts as they provide helpful tips on beautifying your yard with local flora, allow you to share your personal successes and failures
and help you connect with a community of fellow yard-lovers looking to plant the seeds of inspiration and continue the growth and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay and our local waterways by planting more plants. See who's growing some good in your neighborhood!