The Water...Do Your Part outreach campaign identifies simple things we can do to keep our rivers and streams healthy. Check out the local resources and Do Your Part!
Native plant tips:
- Late winter and early spring are a great time to incorporate native plants into your garden.
- Look for plant sales and nurseries that supply plants that are historic to the Willamette Valley. These plants are well adapted to support our local wildlife and pollinators and don’t require pesticides or fertilizers to thrive.
- When planning your yard, try to incorporate a mix of ground cover, shrubs and trees to optimize habitat. Plan based on your soil’s typical moisture levels without irrigation to avoid unnecessary irrigation once plants are established.
Tips to welcome wildlife:
Naturescaping focuses primarily on native plants without sacrificing splendor. Consult the Native Plant Guide (http://library.oregonmetro.gov/files/native_plants_willamette_valley_lo_res.pdf ) to choose the best plants for your particular setting and needs.
Native plants are adapted to our soil and climate, which means they need relatively little or no watering, fertilizing, or care once established. They are often less susceptible to common garden pests and diseases, and they provide important food and shelter for native insects, birds and butterflies, which help pollinate our crops and gardens.
- Select plants with a variety of bloom times and heights,
- Cluster low growing plants so that the pollinators will notice them more readily,
- Add a water source for birds and bugs bird (a tray of water with pebbles for perching)
- Leave some dead material on the plants and create a leaf and stick pile in your yard as food and nesting material sources
·Stick piles will help attract low-canopy insect foragers like sparrows, towhees, and wrens who are quite social and are fun to watch
- Avoid using pesticides and read the label, as even natural products can be harmful to pollinators
TREEBATE- Learn how to get credit for planting yard trees!
Small Investment, Big Returns
Trees help keep rivers clean and people healthy. Environmental Services is investing with you in a cleaner, healthier Portland, one tree at a time.
Get a one-time credit on your City of Portland sewer/stormwater/water utility bill for planting a tree in your residential yard. Purchase, plant, and apply between September 1 and April 30.
For more information about Treebate, email email@example.com or call 503-823-7640.
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