POL Government Special Projects Portland CAN! Healthy Home
Healthy Home: Going Native in the Garden - March 19, 2012
Bookmark and Share

March and April are great times to start planting for the year’s upcoming seasons. In spring, soil and air temperatures remain cool and there is abundant moisture to help young plants develop strong roots.

Plant with natives!

Native plants have many benefits in addition to their beauty. They are well-adapted to our region’s soil and rain fall, require no fertilizer, provide food for wildlife, are easy to maintain and are drought-tolerant. Many regional native plant sales occur this time of year so you can get planting for little cost. The Portland Plant List provides a user-friendly guide to the native plants and nuisance plant species found in Portland and the metropolitan region.

Certify your garden

The Audubon Society of Portland has partnered with the Columbia Land Trust and Friends of Tryon Creek to promote and support the Backyard Habitat Certification Program. The program provides assistance and incentives to residents within the cities of Portland and Lake Oswego to restore native wildlife habitat in their backyards. For a $25 program fee, a technician will visit your site and generate a customized report with information and three certification levels to choose from (silver, gold or platinum). Over the course of a few months to over a year, you craft your native landscape, remove aggressive weeds, plant native plants, add stormwater features (such as a rain garden or ecoroof) and act as a wildlife steward (add food plants for birds, nesting habitat, mason bee box, bat house, or more). Once you are ready to be certified, a technician returns to verify your progress. Plants do not need to be mature or fully grown to be counted toward your certification.

Learn about native gardening

Take a free class near you and learn about bee-keeping, edible landscaping, soil preparation, rain garden construction, growing organic vegetables and more! Remember: “the right plant in the right place.”Metro’s Natural Gardening Workshops are held on a variety of topics at varying locations around the region. East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) hosts natural gardening workshops and the annual Naturescaping for Backyard Habitats Tour. West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District's (WMSWCD) calendar features plant sales, free workshops and more.

Flowering Red Currant

Healthy Home

Healthy Home icon

Facebook icon   twitter icon   RSS Icon
Healthy Home Articles
Cut Energy Bills this Winter at No (or Low) Cost | Climate Action Now | Healthy Home - Simple tips you can take today to save money on your bills this winter and beyond
What are the criteria to achieve Passive House status? (Part 2) | Climate Action Now | Healthy Home - Air-tightness and total energy use are key criteria for certification
What is a Passive House? (Part 1) | Climate Action Now | Healthy Home - Passive buildings consume 30 to 50 percent less energy than comparable U.S. buildings.
Healthy Home: Portland Loves Tiny Houses - From the BPS Green Building Team
Healthy Home: Save Energy and Money with a Programmable Thermostat - Installing a programmable thermostat is an easy way to save energy and money
Healthy Home: Little is Large on the 2012 BIG! Home Tour - Build It Green! is a self-guided tour of 16 green remodels and new homes around Portland
Healthy Home: Heating Energy Savings in Summer - Replacing your water heater can save you money!
Healthy Home: Going Native in the Garden - Spring is a great time to get your native garden going
Healthy Home: Think outside the box - Building a new small home? Consider the ideabox.
Healthy Home: Seasons Greetings! - Holiday greetings from the Green Building Team at BPS
Healthy Home: Home Energy IQ Workshops Help Save Energy at Home - Discover easy ways to save energy (and money) at these free workshops Image: Attic insulation
Healthy Home: Heating Season is Just Around the Corner - Get started early on home heating steps to save time, money, and resources.
Healthy Home: Build It Green! Home Tour - Self-guided tour of 22 green homes on Sept 24
Healthy Home: Keep Cool for Free - Easy (and free) ways to beat the heat at home this summer
Healthy Home: It's Not Too Late To Weatherize - BPS Green Building Team volunteers with Clean Energy Project.
Healthy Home: Seeing Clearly - A closer look at original wood windows.
Healthy Home: Do you know how to "Kill-A-Watt?" - Learn how much electricity your household items use.
Healthy Home: Small Homes, Big Benefits - Bigger isn’t always better, especially when looking at household carbon emissions.
Healthy Home: The time to insulate is now! - Learn more about making your home more comfortable and energy efficient.
Healthy Home: How do you measure up? - Helpful tools to track, understand and share your energy use.
Healthy Home: Come "kick the tires" on environmentally-friendly homes! - Attend the Build It Green! Home Tour & Info Fair on September 25th, 2010.
Healthy Home: How many Portlanders does it take to change a light bulb? - Save electricity, save money and reduce your environmental impact.