Residents are encouraged to plant native plants and trees. Avoiding use of herbicides and pesticides is also encouraged.
Native plants, including grasses and wildflowers, are great in any garden. They:
- Are valuable food and habitat for pollinators
- Help control soil erosion
- Need less water and no herbicides or pesticides
Native species are available each year through the city's tree sale, as well as at the city-sponsored Landscape Revival Native Plant sale, occurring the first Saturday in June each year at Shepherd of the Hills Church.
Rain gardens are shallow gardens with native plants near sidewalks and driveways. Stormwater flows into the garden where plants absorb and filter it. This means less water flows into storm drains, which helps improve water quality. Rain gardens also provide great habitat for pollinators.