Although your personalized site report will give you ideas of where to install native plants in your yard and outdoor space, we also want to encourage and empower people to make those decisions independently.
- Naturescaping with Backyard Habitat video – a short Backyard Habitat video (4 minutes) explaining naturescaping in the context of the program
- Naturescaping with Backyard Habitat presentation – recorded presentation (4 1/2 minutes) explaining naturescaping in the context of the program.
- Naturscaping Presentation – slideshow by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.
Handouts & Guides
- Sheet Mulching To Remove Lawn – handout by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.
- 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 by Washington State University Extension.
- Watershed Approach to Landscape Design – presentation, a holistic resource for developing a successful naturescaping project. Soil health, appropriate plants, and much more by Green Gardens Group.
- Collecting And Using Your Own Wildflower Seed – illustrated report providing in-depth info on collection methods, timing, and much more by Xerces Society.
- Hardwood Propagation From Cuttings – handout with basic information on species and methods for propagation (by Backyard Habitat Certification Program).
- Native Plant Propagation – guide with more in-depth instruction for propagating native plants from hardwood cuttings by WSU Extension.
- Conserving Oregon White Oak on Urban and Suburban Landscapes – local how-to-guide for landscaping with White Oak by Mark Griswold Wilson and Ted Labbe.
- Meadowscaping Handbook – colorful book outlining locally-specific best practices for designing and installing a native meadow by West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.
- DIY Pollinator Parking Strips – how-to manual by Pollinator Parkways
- Native Hedgerows – handout with basic info for selecting native hedgerow plants by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.
- Real Gardens Grow Natives – website with lots of pictures and resources related to native plants.
- The Meadow Project – a 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.
- Backyard Habitat Virtual Open Gardens Tour – Join our Virtual Opens Garden Tour Facebook group.
- Dry Shade Bed and Sunny Pollinator Garden – by Backyard Habitat Certification Program
- Sunny Raingarden and Pollinator Hedgerow – by Backyard Habitat Certification Program
- Sun and Shade Rain Garden, Privacy Border, and Catio – by Backyard Habitat Certification Program
- Sunny Evergreen Privacy Border and Foundation Plantings – by Backyard Habitat Certification Program
- Sunny Lawn Free Yard and Parking Strip – by Backyard Habitat Certification Program
- Shady Lawn Free Yard and Parking Strip – by Backyard Habitat Certification Program
- Landscaping with Oaks – by Backyard Habitat Certification Program
- Green Streets – by City of Portland
- Example landscape plans – by King County
- Naturescaping and Raingardens Workshops – by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.