Thank you for your investment and interest in improving our watershed with green infrastructure and Best Management Practices (BMPs). Each BMP is a valuable piece of the watershed puzzle yet sometimes they involve a learning curve. These resources will help VLAWMO cost-share recipients and other green infrastructure tenders keep their project functioning and looking great.
Maintenance is key to a successful project. Starting good maintenance habits from the start helps avoid maintenance from piling-up.
Maintenance presentation: Part 1 Raingarden refresher
Maintenance presentation: Part 2 Ideas from local residents
Learn more about native plants and sharpen your skills at identifying weeds.
The Raingarden Book is available through VLAWMO for $10, and can also be purchased through several vendors found on Blue Thumb.org/raingardens.
Cost-share recipients are eligible for a free copy of Common Lakeshore Weeds. Call (651-204-6070) or visit the VLAWMO office for a copy.
As a member of Blue Thumb, VLAWMO is connected to a network of specialists in the fields of landscape design, restoration, and native plants.
Visit the Blue Thumb Partner Finder to find more resources on designing a new project, renovating an existing one, or ordering native plants.
Experience is the best teacher. VLAWMO invites cost-share participants to share their discoveries to help others learn about our work and try water-friendly landscaping techniques.
A new project is a great opportunity for documenting growth and changes as projects mature. Residents can photograph their project to demonstrate how the plants grow or how the project harnesses water over time.
Tell the story of your project by being featured in a Neighborhood Spotlight article. Completed articles include a photo of a homeowner with the project, technical information on the project, and a brief interview. See examples below.
Kate Winsor: June, 2018
Beth Fruehling: May, 2018
Glander Family: April, 2018
Ronna Smitherman: February, 2018