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Free workshop for residents: Landscaping Trends for 2017 – Create a More Sustainable Backyard

Post Date:03/15/2017 4:41 PM

Ankeny residents are invited to attend Landscaping Trends for 2017 – Create a More Sustainable Backyard a workshop presented by The City of Ankeny and Polk Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). This free workshop will be held on Thursday, March 30, at the Public Services Building located at 220 W. First St. from 6 – 7 p.m. Reservations are requested.

This workshop will help residents gain a basic knowledge of sustainable practices for their yard. Ideas that will be discussed include:

  • Using plants native to Iowa that are adapted to our weather conditions
  • Thinking about easy maintenance and low water needs
  • Adding rainwater harvesting features
  • Installing hardscaping that consider rainwater runoff
  • Improving turf grass areas
  • Increasing habitat for the pollinators

Jennifer Welch, urban conservationist from Polk SWCD, and Amy Bryant, environmental engineer with the City of Ankeny, will discuss the ways and practices needed to design a sustainable landscape at your home by incorporating Best Management Practices (BMPs). There will also be time for questions and answers.

Information will also be shared about the City Stormwater BMP Reimbursement Program, which helps offset the cost to homeowners wishing to add sustainable landscaping practices. The City of Ankeny will provide up to a 50 percent match on BMPs constructed, with a maximum reimbursement amount of $1,800 per landowner or business. Rain barrels will be funded at a maximum of $75, limit of one per address. The funding may be utilized for multiple practices, however, the maximum amount reimbursed will be $1,800 for all practices.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact Amy Bryant at 515 -963-3542 or Visit to learn more about stormwater management.