United States of Gardening

United States of Gardening

July 7, 2011

See also: Re-Greening New Orleans

Though there's no other discount-lot program quite like New Orleans' Growing Home, municipalities and states offer incentives to residents who green up their yards. Among them are programs that encourage homeowners to:

Plant Trees: Maryland provides coupons for $25 off the purchase of trees at participating nurseries to encourage residents to reach a goal of 50,000 new trees planted by 2013; trees.maryland.gov.

Save Water: Austin, Texas gives rebates of $20 to $30 per square foot of yard converted from a water-reliant garden to a nonirrigated, native-species landscape; ci.austin.tx.us.

Conserve Energy: New York developers, building owners, and certain homeowners and tenants who install green roofs can receive a property tax credit of up to $100,000, at $4.50 per square foot; nyc.gov.

Fight Floods: Greater Elkhart County, Indiana offers up to $250 for installing rain gardens to help reduce storm runoff problems; stormwaterelkco.org.

This article was first published in Garden Design July/August 2011