the City of Gloucester
Gloucester Climate Action
Green Your Yard
✓ Use ecologically responsible landscaping practices.
Plant native species to support wildlife habitat and local pollinators, find resources, grass alternatives, and species list here: https://grownativemass.org/
Support local Nurseries that help supply native species: https://grownativemass.org/Great-Resources/nurseries-seed
Get watering tips for reducing water use: https://www.mass.gov/guides/outdoor-water-conservation
Get support by calling the Massachusetts Master Gardener helpline: https://www.massmastergardeners.org/educational-resources/helplines
If your yard is near a wetland, learn how you can protect our coastal marshes and wetlands. Find out if your yard is near a wetland by visiting the map here. Learn how you can protect wetlands: https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/what-you-can-do-protect-coastal-wetlands
If your yard is near the watershed, learn how you can protect our communities drinking water. Find out if your yard is near the watershed by visiting the map here. Learn how you can protect our communities drinking water: https://www.mass.gov/guides/lawns-and-landscapes-in-your-watershed
✓ Get a rain barrel and use collected water to water your plants and lawn.
Find out how to use, make or buy a rain barrel here: https://www.mass.gov/guides/rain-barrels-and-other-water-conservation-tools
Watch This Old House, How to Make a Rain Barrel for $40: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0y0BmEFUcs