Late winter and early spring are a great time to incorporate native plants into your garden. Look for plant sales and nurseries that supply plants that are historic to the Willamette Valley. These plants are well adapted to support our local wildlife and pollinators. When planning your yard, try to incorporate a mix of ground cover, shrubs and trees to optimize habitat. Plan based on your soil’s typical moisture levels without irrigation to avoid unnecessary irrigation once plants are established.
Do The Right Thing When rain and snow melt runs off rooftops, yards, paved streets, highways, and parking lots it can (and does!) pick up pollution such as: oil, fertilizers, pesticides, soil, trash, and animal waste. From here, water flows directly into our local streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands or travels into storm drains and pipes and is eventually released untreated into our local waterways.The Do the Right Thing outreach campaign identifies simple things we can do to keep our rivers and streams healthy. Check out the local resources and short videos presented by Bruce Sussman, KOIN meteorologist, and Do The Right Thing!
Clean Water Services (residents in service area only) Tree for all! Free plants and trees for residents Click Here
Metro Volunteer to help plant and restore Metro’s Greenspaces Click Here Download a natural gardening coupon from Metro: Click Here
City of Vancouver Visit Vancouver Urban Forestry website Click Here
Metro’s Online Calendar Metro’s online calendar shows a full listing of all Metro natural gardening events sponsored by Do The Right Thing, plus other natural gardening events from around the region.
Natural gardening videos and how-to resources Get tips from Metro’s natural gardening expert, download gardening guides and publications, watch videos and discover more great resources for learning to garden without harmful chemicals
Shopping guides for gardeners Discover new resources for gardeners including reviews of lawn and garden products in the Grow Smart, Grow Safe guide and $5-off coupons for natural supplies and plants at 38 local retailers.
City of Vancouver Water Resources Protection: (360) 487-7130 City of Vancouver Operations Center: (360) 696-8177 City of Vancouver After Hours Emergencies (After 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or Weekends): (360) 693-9302