Conservation landscaping is the practice of modifying your landscape and gardens so nature can reduce pollution. It uses native plants, it helps to minimize water run off and it will conserve water.
The winter is such a fun time to start planning! Because we have such a treasure here in our backyard to protect, creating your gardens to be water wise is so important, but there are benefits to you as well! There is less maintenance over the long term, and native plants require less water (except the first year), and they use little to no fertilizer.
Planning your whole yard may seem like a daunting task, but think about choosing a small area for your first project. You can sketch up a plan for your entire yard and phase it in over time. This way you will not be overwhelmed and you will learn from trial and error from your first project.
In existing beds replace invasive non-natives with native plantings. Native plants are adaptive to local soil & climate conditions, resistant to insects & disease. They provide both ornamental & wildlife value.
Online resources for you to check out include The Chesapeake Landscape Council, Alliance for the Bay has a section on Conservation Landscaping, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service has some good tips as well.
If you have any questions, I'd love to help! Send me an email, or message me through Facebook and I'll do my best to help!