Project: Create a Conservation Landscape

Go native for a beautiful, biodiverse, beneficial landscape.

Conservation landscaping can help protect air and water, manage stormwater, conserve energy, and provide a more beautiful, healthier human environment. By using native plants and low-input designs, you’ll reduce water, pesticide and fertilizer use, and save time compared to maintaining a lawn.

Native plants are a vital element in your conservation landscape — they’ve adapted to the local climate, need little fertilizing, and are typically more drought-tolerant and pest-resistant than introduced varieties. Many are also important food and shelter sources for birds and beneficial insects including honeybees, ladybugs and butterflies.

Rebates of $250 to $750 when you replace turf (lawn), invasive plants or impervious areas with native species; through the Montgomery County RainScapes program.

Or, if you live in Rockville, get $1 for every square foot of turf removed or area converted to conservation landscaping (up to $750) through the RainScapes Rewards program.







I don’t know much about native plants or how to use them in my garden. Are there any design templates specific to this area?

Yes, we have several! Choose the ones that may work for you.


How is Conservation Landscaping an alternative to turf?

A conservation landscape uses beneficial plants for greater landscape diversity than turf and typically results in improved runoff water quality. This is a type of low-input landscaping to reduce water, fertilizer, and pesticide use. Visit the Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council to learn the 8 Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping (scroll to the bottom 1/3 of the page).

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The Kousa dogwood from China planted in the mid-Atlantic region supports no insect herbivores, while the native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) supports 117 species of moths and butterflies.

One Comment

  1. raingarden

    We need to plan for times with too much and too little water. Water coming from the roof should flow to a rain barrel and the overflow should go from one garden to another an finally end up in a large rain garden. People should grow their own food. A compost bin that sits above the ground is good for kitchen compost except meat and dairy. Collect the water when the shower before the shower heats up and put it in a trash can to use to water the garden.

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