Yard Ethic Certification

Join the Yard Ethic community by utilizing these checklists to implement practices that save money, beautify your yard, conserve water, reduce stormwater pollution and create habitat.

Download a printable copy of the Yard Ethic Certification Checklist.

Silver Level

Take the Yard Ethic pledge, and complete three items from the list below.

  • Lawn Steward free soil test: implement nutrient management plan.
  • Rainwater harvesting: install a rain barrel or larger rainwater harvesting system with a minimum, 50-gallon capacity.
  • Rain garden or bioswale: collects runoff from impervious surface and includes native plants.
  • Pollinator planting: use native plants to landscape at least 100 sq. ft. of yard. Includes a minimum of 4 species with at least 2 that are beneficial for pollinators.
  • Tree canopy: tree canopy coverage of 15% of lot (based on mature size) with existing trees (does not include invasive species) or by planting native or fruit/nut trees, using “right tree, right place” principles.
  • Compost organic waste: use of a compost pile or bin for organic waste, including food waste, using proper composting practices.
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Gold Level

Take the Yard Ethic pledge, and complete five items from the list below.

  • Lawn Steward free soil test (required): implement organic nutrient management plan.
  • Rainwater harvesting: install a rain barrel or larger rainwater harvesting system with a minimum, 100-gallon capacity.
  • Rain garden or bioswale: collects runoff from impervious surface and includes native plants.
  • Pollinator planting: use native plants to landscape at least 200 sq. ft. of yard. Includes a minimum of 8 species with at least 4 that are beneficial for pollinators.
  • Tree canopy: tree canopy coverage of 25% of lot (based on mature size) with existing trees (does not include invasive species) or by planting native or fruit/nut trees, using “right tree, right place” principles.
  • Compost organic waste: use of a compost pile or bin for organic waste, including food waste, using proper composting practices.
  • Build the community: share your Yard Ethic story and refer a neighbor (must obtain certification). A minimum of 150 words and 2 photos required.
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