Landscape for the River

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Turn your yard into a force for clean water while supporting pollinators and other wildlife!

Whether urban, suburban or rural, our yards are part of the Mississippi watershed. The effects of how we landscape and route rain show up far beyond our property lines. Dig into these tips to help protect the river right from your own backyard.

One way to familiarize yourself with watershed-friendly landscaping and gardening practice is to attend one of our free or reduced-cost workshops. These classes overview native plants, rain barrels, raingardens and other water-wise practices and are offered several times a year. Presenters keep the material engaging and approachable and are always happy to answer questions specific to your yard or landscaping situation. As soon as dates are set, we post them on our events calendar and note them in our e-newsletter, Mississippi Messages.

If you're looking for information right away, the following pages on some of the most popular watershed-friendly landscaping topics can help get you started. We combed the net for the most useful and practical information we could find.