Did you know that your local community may subsidize all or a portion of the cost of your landscaping, if you make it sustainable?
Local government and non-profit organizations are working hard to educate the public about sustainability issues that negatively impact quality of life in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed area. They are offering incentives to encourage property owners to invest in sustainable landscaping that will help get our stream and river ecology back on track.
Beautify your property. Help restore the natural order. Invest in sustainable landscape design solutions. Get a rebate.
Restoring the Natural Order
Due to the degradation of our waterways, some Chesapeake Bay native plants are disappearing. Invasive plants like English ivy, periwinkle, and nandina have taken over areas of Rock Creek Park and the Chesapeake Bay shoreline. Why is this a problem? Invasive species do not support wildlife populations that make up a healthy ecosystem. Native plant communities attract birds, bees, and butterflies by providing them with food and shelter. In addition, native plants help control erosion because they absorb more runoff than invasives. This is why we use native plants in our designs and installations of Raingardens, Bayscapes and Conservation Landscapes. It’s also why government and non-profits will subsidize these projects.
Beautification and Restoration Go Well Together
Landis Garden Design partners with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to install sustainable landscaping features as part of the RiverSmart Homes program in Washington DC. We are an approved designer and installer for the RainScapes Rewards program in Montgomery County, MD and Tomi Landis is certified as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional.
For more information on how you can receive homeowner subsidies for installing sustainable landscaping features on your property, follow one of the links listed below.
RiverSmart Homes. District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment offers incentives to homeowners interested in reducing stormwater runoff from their properties.
RainScapes Rewards. Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection offers rebates to property owners who install rain gardens, rain barrels, conservation landscaping and other approved projects that help control stormwater run-off.
Raincheck Rebate. In partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Prince Georges County offers incentives to homeowners and businesses for installations that reduce stormwater runoff and contribute to the improvement of water quality in local streams and rivers.
StormwaterWise Landscapes. A partnership between Arlington County and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, this program offers financial assistance to homeowners and businesses for improvements that reduce stormwater run-off from their properties.
Would you like to improve your current landscaping and make it more environmentally friendly? Whether your project involves a completely new master plan or a “garden refresh,” we’re there for you. Give us a call. We love talking about landscape design.