Increase your Neighborhood’s Low-Maintenance, Low-Mow Areas — Priority Action.
‘Low mow zones’ are mowed only a few times a year, allowing native plants and grasses to grow, saving you time and money while supporting wildlife. Potential expenses include native seeds or seedlings.*
Ask Your Landscaper to Make a Sustainable Switch — Priority Action.
Encourage your neighbors who employ a landscape company for lawn mowing and/or landscape maintenance to have a conversation about sustainable lawn care practices with their landscaper. Some examples of sustainable switches include planting native groundcover, plants, or trees, mulching leaves, and building a leaf corral. Potential expenses include native seeds or seedlings or leaf corral supplies.*
Distribute Our Sustainable Landscaping Conversations Resources — Priority Action.
Share Sustainable Princeton’s landscaping resources such as the Toolbook for Sustainable Landscaping Conversations which includes discussion points for your neighbors to share with their landscapers. Encourage your neighborhood to hire landscapers who value sustainable services and the health and safety of their workers. No estimated expenses.*
Pilot a ‘Leave Your Leaves’ Campaign
By leaving leaves on your property, you can enrich your soil, reduce water pollution, and prevent the town’s costly operation of picking up leaves. Encourage your neighbors to make this simple, cost-effective switch. Potential expenses include leaf corral materials.*
Create Wildlife-Friendly Yards
Rally your neighbors to enact wildlife-friendly yards that meet the goals of Certified Wildlife Habitat, Monarch Waystations, or a similar program. Potential expenses include native seeds or seedlings.*
Host a Backyard Compost, Gardening, or Homesteading Workshop
From victory gardens to honey bees to hens, host a seminar to explore the many ways to transform yards and community spaces into a source for delicious foods, or how you can turn your leaves and food scraps into nutritious fertilizer. Potential expenses include compost bin materials, garden seeds or seedlings, or other homesteading supplies.*
Compile a Neighborhood Tree Inventory
Compile a tree inventory, indicating plants on the “Do Not Plant” or “Native Tree” lists, to better appreciate the value of your neighborhood trees, identify current tree infestations, and be prepared for the next one. No estimated expenses.*
Establish an Invasive Removal Team
Identify NJ’s top ten invasive plants, determine where they exist in your neighborhood, and work with your neighbors to remove them. Potential expenses include any equipment needed for invasive removal.*
Alternative Pest Management
Host an educational workshop to inform neighbors of alternative, safe methods to pest management methods for both home and yard. Potential expenses include gardening supplies.*
* Note: All action expenses are eligible for our mini-grant program. This includes the expenses noted above plus potential printing fees for any promotional flyers.