Backyard Habitat Resource Library

Click on the links below to access that topic’s library.

  1. General Information
  2. Invasive Weeds
  3. Native Plants
  4. Pesticides
  5. Stormwater Management
  6. Wildlife Habitat
  7. Volunteer Forms and Info

GENERAL HABITAT INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

NOXIOUS WEEDS

Noxious Weed General Resources

 

SILVER LEVEL WEEDS – FACT SHEETS

GOLD LEVEL WEEDS – FACT SHEETS

PLATINUM LEVEL WEEDS – FACT SHEETS

NATIVE PLANTS

Articles

 

Incentives and Nurseries

  • Treebate – rebate program for native yard trees (City of Portland only)
  • Edible Natives – website for Native Foods
  • Nurseries that Sell Native Plants – website with interactive nursery map and list of native seed growers
  • Don’t forget to use the coupons to local nurseries that are in your resource packet!

 

Plant Lists

 

How to Guides

  • Grow Your Own Native Landscape – illustrated guide to growing your own PNW native plants. Be sure to cross-reference with Portland Plant List to determine which are locally native (Washington State University Extension).
  • Collecting Wildflower Seed – illustrated report providing in-depth info on collection methods, timing, and much more (Xerces Society)
  • Hardwood Propagation From Cuttings – handout with basic information on species and methods for propagation (Backyard Habitat Certification Program)
  • Native Plant Propagation – guide with more in-depth instruction for propagating native plants from hardwood cuttings (WSU Extension)
  • Conserving Oregon White Oak on Urban and Suburban Landscapes – local how-to-guide for landscaping with White Oak (Mark Griswold Wilson and Ted Labbe).
  • Meadowscaping Handbook – colorful book outlining locally-specific best practices for designing and installing a native meadow (West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District)
  • The Meadow Project – website promoting people to transition lawns to meadowscapes. Note – this is a general/national resource for inspiration. Be sure to select and source locally native plants.
  • Native Hedgerows – handout with basic info for selecting native hedgerow plants (East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District)

 

Landscape Designs

PESTICIDES REDUCTION

  • Grow Smart Grow Safe – website that ranks the toxicity of lawn and garden products. We use this ranking as the framework for our habitat certification. Also an app for iPhone.
  • Common Pesticide Hazard Levels – reference showing red/yellow/green hazard ranking for most-common yard and garden products (OSU Extension and Metro)
  • Healthy Lawn and Garden Pledge – take the pledge and get a free yard sign (Metro)

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

WILDLIFE STEWARDSHIP

VOLUNTEER FORMS