Backyard Conservation

Backyard Conservation: Lawns and the Environment is an outreach and education program focusing on practical management techniques that promote soil conservation, protect water resources and result in a beautiful, healthy lawn. Developed through a collaboration of the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD), the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, the tools can be used by Conservation/Natural Resources districts to work with homeowners and homeowner groups to improve soil health and water quality in developed and developing areas. Not only do these recommendations help protect our environment, they also save time and resources. Best practices include proper mowing, grass clipping and leaf management, soil and water conservation, and nutrition.
The program materials can be found on the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Districts website and include:

  • A PowerPoint Presentation to be given by the district personnel and incorporated into educational trainings and outreach programs. The presentation is accompanied with background information and speakers notes to help the presenters bring the information to life.
  • The Brochure is a simple take-home reference that focuses on the main topics and gives viewers an understanding of best lawn care practices.

These are excellent materials for those communities that need to meet the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II outreach requirements developed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Any city with a population greater than 10,000 people and a population density of 1,000 people per square mile containing municipal separate Storm Sewer systems (MS4s) are required to develop and implement a stormwater management program. The materials are also valuable for reaching current and new audiences to engage them in your local natural resource management efforts.
To get your local conservation district involved, please find your local district by visiting the NACD website.

For more information or to ask a question, contact Gina Zirkle, Scientist, and Environmental Stewardship at gina.zirkle@scotts.com.