Spring has sprung for county’s conservation team


The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District staff is bringing back its successful annual program that benefits local homeowners and the environment.

With spring on the way, the HCSWCD is again selling rain barrels and native plant kits for yards.

The kit consist of plants that can naturally grow in the region. Each $120 kit contains 50 native plant plugs and are categorized by the area of the yard, including pollinator plants (good for bees and butterflies), rain plants (for wetter areas), prairie plants and plants for a shade garden. The kit also contains 10 species of native perennials than can fill an area of 50 to 150 square feet.

Rain barrels save rainwater for future garden watering and other household uses.

Rain barrels also are part of the spring sale and are available for pre-order for $75. The repurposed, plastic barrels collect rainwater from a home’s roof and downspout. The water is used for activities like garden watering, washing the car and more.

In peak summer months, a rain barrel can collect approximately 1,300 gallons of free, naturally soft water, according to the HCSWCD. The 55-gallon barrels are available in four colors – grey, terra cotta, black and green. Diverter systems for easy installation are available for $25.

Plant kit and rain barrel pre-orders can be placed online at hamiltonswcd.org or by visiting the SWCD office at 1717 Pleasant St., Noblesville. Orders are due by May 10 and will be available for pick up May 24. Question can be directed to Claire Lane at claire.lane@hamiltoncounty.in.gov or 317-773-2181.

All proceeds support conservation projects and education in Hamilton County. More information on native plants and rain barrels can be found at hamiltonswcd.org.

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