In Your Yard
- Try a pesticide alternative or reduce your use when possible. Consultations are available from the Clackamas River Basin Council.
- Plant native trees and shrubs near streams.
- Pull small patches of invasive weeds before they take over and require large-scale spraying. Report sitings of the Top Ten invasive weeds to the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District.
- Pick up after your pet. This prevents waste from washing into streams, where it can feed algae blooms and pose health problems.
- Mulch trees and shrubs. This helps to keep water in the soil.
- Be water-wise when watering your lawn in the summertime. Water no more than one inch per week. Time your watering to occur in the morning or evening, and avoid watering when it’s windy. This will insure the maximum amount of water reaches your lawn instead of being evaporated or blown away.
- Allow lawn clippings to mulch on your yard. Never dispose of yard waste down a storm drain.
- Harvest the rain! Collecting your rainwater or creatinga bioswale or raingarden can help recharge groundwater and limit runoff. The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District has a great series of videos and publications that explain how you can make nature work for you.
- Consider hiring an Eco-Logical Business certified landscape professional.