Native Plants tend to grow better than introduced species because they have evolved under local growing conditions. They are less prone to disease and, once established, require less watering and fertilizer. They can also reduce the amount of lawn you need to mow.
Pervious Concrete allows water to filter through it where pollutants are trapped and cleaned before running into the soil and the earth below. That way, dirty storm water doesn’t run off into our water supply.
Backyard Conservation such as ponds wetlands, tree plantings, composting, mulching and creating wildlife habitat all help the environment and enhance your surroundings. See the Indiana Wildlife Federation and NRCS Backyard Conservation Web pages.
Rain Barrels, placed below a downspout of a roof gutter, collect and store rain water than can be used to water plants and gardens. Rain barrels conserve water and reduce water bills.
Rain Gardens use plants to absorb and filter rain water that would otherwise wash pollutants from your lawn, driveway and street into storm drains, which lead to our rivers, lakes and streams.
Another good resource is EPA’s GreenScapes Program that provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for landscaping. Designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution, GreenScapes encourages homeowners, companies, government agencies and other entities to make more holistic decisions regarding waste generation and disposal and the associated impacts on land, water, air and energy use.