Create a Conservation Landscape

Plant native species for a well-adapted garden.

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.   Conservation landscape  


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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this is of limited help. It would be much more valuable if photos of the plants and the garden template were included.

We have a lot of that information on the RainScapes website (specifically in our resources section). If you are interested in a conservation landscape and live in Montgomery County, then you may be eligible for a rebate!