Homeowner Resources by yaoyufang


									                                       Resources for
        Watershed-Friendly Gardeners
The following websites, organizations and publications will help you employ watershed-
friendly gardening and sustainable stormwater management at your home. The presence
of a business or organization on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the
Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District.

Native Plants
Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/toc.htm
Great publication about native plants with wonderful images and lots of detail about plant

Native Plants for Conservation, Restoration and Landscaping
Website includes several native plant lists.

Green Spring Gardens
Plant lists for this region created by the horticulturists at this Annandale garden.

Native Plant Nurseries and Plant Sales
Green Spring Gardens Plant Sale – Fall and Spring

Earth Sangha Native Plant Sale – Fall and Spring

Park Fairfax Plant Sale – Fall and Spring

Nature by Design
A local native plant nursery in Alexandria, Virginia, http://www.nature-by-design.com/

Virginia Native Plant Society’s List of Native Plant Nurseries

North Creek Nurseries, Inc.
A wholesale nursery, but their website is a wealth of information, www.northcreeknurseries.com/

Hill House Farm & Nursery, Castleton, VA
At native plant sales, farmers markets, and visit by appointment. www.hillhousenativeplants.com

Clear Ridge Nursery, Union Bridge, MD

                       Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District
                     703 - 324 -1460 * http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd
Invasive Plants
What Is an Invasive Plant? What Plants Are Invasive in VA?
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas (National Park Service/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Great publication with fantastic photos about invasives and what you can substitute for them in
your garden. http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/pubs/midatlantic/

Invasive Plants and Their Native Look-Alikes
Can you tell the difference between native Staghorn sumac and invasive Ailanthus (Tree-of-
Heaven)? This publication can help. www.nybg.org/files/scientists/rnaczi/Mistaken_Identity_Final.pdf

Terrestrial Invasive Plants of the Potomac River Watershed & Wallet Guide

Invasive Backyard and Invasive Forest plant brochures from the Fairfax County Park Authority

Wildlife Gardening
Audubon at Home, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, http://audubonva.org/
Provides assistance to schools, churches and civic associations interested in creating wildlife and
watershed-friendly landscapes. Classes and activities for adults and families.

National Audubon at Home program
Online resources on wildlife and watershed-friendly landscapes.

National Wildlife Federation
Step by step information on how to create a wildlife habitat and get your garden certified with this
national non-profit. http://www.nwf.org/backyard

Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Habitat at Home program
Great resources on this website: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/habitat/

Gardeners for the Bay Pledge, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Monarch Waystation Program

Landscape for Life

Watershed-Friendly Gardening & Lawn Care
A Virginian’s Year-Round Guide to Yard Care
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_and_water/documents/yardcare.pdf Very Popular Guide!

                      Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District
                    703 - 324 -1460 * http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd
Your Yard and Water Quality
Great website to help us all make simple landscaping and maintenance changes to improve water
quality. http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/eb1744/eb1744.html

Tips on Keeping Your Lawn Green and the Bay Clean
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation publication about green lawn care.

Lawn Care Operators with Water Quality Agreements (with the Virginia Department of Conservation
and Recreation). http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_&_water/documents/wqagree.pdf

You and Your Land: A Homeowner’s Guide for the Potomac River Watershed. NVSWCD Publication!
A thorough discussion of drainage and watershed-friendly landscape (even if the plant lists are a bit
out of date). http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/youyourland/intro.htm

General Low Impact Development
Residential Low Impact Landscaping Workbook. NVSWCD Publication!

Lands and Waters
A local non-profit, Lands and Waters is a great resource for tying low impact development – rain
gardens, green roofs, and stream restoration – into educational efforts and public outreach.

Rain Barrels
Northern Virginia Rain Barrel Building Workshops, Distribution Events and Installation Information

List of Suppliers for Rain Barrels, Diverters, and Other Rain Barrel Accessories.

How to Build A Rain Barrel
Brochure of Center for Watershed Protection, Maryland-based non-profit

The Rainscapes Project, http://rainscapes.org
A cooperative venture by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and
the Potomac Conservancy. Information about sizing, building, connecting and purchasing a rain
barrel, as well as rain gardens.

Local places to purchase ready-to-install rain barrels
1. Merrifield’s Garden Center (call to confirm in stock) ~$150-200
Phone: 1.877.560.6222
2. Whole Foods (call to confirm in stock)
3. Aqua Barrel

Local places to purchase barrels for do-it-yourselfers.
   1. www.novabarrel.com
   2. www.barrelresources.com
                       Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District
                     703 - 324 -1460 * http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd
Rain Gardens
Rain Garden Design and Construction: A Northern Virginia Homeowners Guide
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/raingardenbk.pdf Most Downloaded NVSWCD Publication!

Rain Gardens: A Landscape Tool to Improve Water Quality, Virginia Department of Forestry.

Rain Garden Workshops in Northern Virginia

Rain Garden Planting Guide and Plant List from Virginia Cooperative Extension

Arlington County Rain Garden Guidance

University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Links to 2 brochures (.pdf format) on rain gardens. One provides a general introduction to rain
gardens, the second is a step-by-step guide for homeowners on how to site, build and plant a rain
garden. http://dnr.wi.gov/runoff/rg/links.htm

Rain Garden Manual for Homeowners from the Geauga Ohio Soil & Water Conservation District

Design and Build for Residential Rain Gardens

Ross Pickford, Earth Solutions, 703-785-4451, rpickford@earthsolutionsllc.net

For landscape design, contact the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers or use their on-line
reference database: www.vsld.org. email: info@vsld.org

Pervious Pavement
Ross Pickford
Earth Solutions, LLC

Many local lawn and landscape companies have certified installers on staff. To identify a certified
installer, use the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s on-line Contractor/Distributor search
feature for homeowners at: http://www.icpi.org

Green Roofs
To install a green roof, you will need a green roof specialist/landscape architect and also typically a
green roof plant supplier to work with you on your project. You may also need a roofer depending
on the resources your green roof specialist can offer. If you are building an addition, you will also
need a builder or architect that is familiar with green roof projects.

The most comprehensive list of green roof resources on-line: www.greenroofplants.com
Click on Links on the top right corner of the page.

                      Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District
                    703 - 324 -1460 * http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd
Green Roof Builders/Architects

     Andy Latos                                  Case Design
     SR Products                                 4701 Sangamore Rd., North Plaza
     4120 Great Oak Rd.                          Bethesda, MD 20816
     Rockville, Md. 20853                        420-349-4130
     301-929-1766(o), 301-370-5242(c)            www.casedesign.co

     Moss Building & Design                      Bud Adams, Robert Bentley Adams
     4265-D Brookfield Corporate Dr.             Architects
     Chantilly, VA 20151                         405 S. Washington St.
     703-961-7707                                Alexandria, VA 22314
     www.mossconstruction.net                    703-549-0650

 Green Roof Specialists/Landscape Architects

     Andy Latos                                  Ross Pickford
     SR Products                                 Earth Solutions, LLC
     4120 Great Oak Rd.                          730-785-4451
     Rockville, Md. 20853                        rpickford@earthsolutionsllc.net
     301-370-5242(c)                             Katrin Scholz-Barth
     alatos@simonroofingproducts.com             1246 Duncan Place, NE
                                                 Washington, DC 20002
     Greg Long, RLA                              katrin@scholz-barth.com
     Capitol Greenroofs                          www.scholz-barth.com
     5806 9th Rd. N
     Arlington, VA 22205                         D.C. Greenworks
     301-452-1144                                1701 6th Street, NW
     glong@capitolgreenroofs.com                 Washington, DC 20001
     www.capitolgreenroofs.com                   202-518-6195

 Green Roof Plant Suppliers

     Gary Tinder                                 Ed Snodgrass
     Stone Crop LLC                              Emory Knoll Farms
     6909 Esmont Rd                              3410 Ady Rd
     Esmont, VA 22937                            Street, MD 21154
     (434) 286-3348                              410-452-5880
     gwtinder@msn.com                            www.greenroofplants.com

                     Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District
                   703 - 324 -1460 * http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd

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