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Native Plant Guide & Rain Gardens

Homeowners have several options to practice more sustainable lawn care. SLPWA encourages homeowners to choose native plants and grasses, which are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. These plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds, and other animals.

NYS Native Species Guides


A rain garden is designed to soak up rain water running off of driveways, patios, sidewalks, and roads. It protects water quality by filtering pollution and decreasing erosion.

Finger Lakes Institue Rain Garden Brochure