Lawns, Gardens & Landscapes
- Aim downspouts towards planted areas or pervious hardscape and away from impervious paved areas.
- Collect rainwater from rooftops in rain barrels or cisterns for reuse in landscape irrigation.
- Amend soil with organic matter. Core aerate lawns to help avoid or reduce soil compaction, increase water infiltration, and promote healthy root systems.
- Follow University and label recommendations and calibrate spreaders when using fertilizers and pesticides. Only use these products when needed. Read and follow label directions for all lawn chemicals.
- Install rain gardens in locations where they catch and temporarily hold rainwater.
- Use natural drainage patterns, site grading, berms (planted earth mounds) or other methods to channel rainwater away from impervious surfaces (i.e. pavement) onto planted areas such as grass swales, filter strips, or rain gardens.
- Plant and maintain healthy plant cover, especially on slopes to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion. Select plants adapted to the site and maintenance level.
What is stormwater? It's water from rain or melting snow. Watch the video and learn about rain water runoff and why it can be a problem.
Nebraska Extension Educators and Specialists have developed many resources to help you use water more efficiently and help keep it clean. Nebraska Extension has also developed materials to help youth learn about water and how to save it and keep it clean. Read on for a listing of all of these great resources for your landscape