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Prepare For Spring With Native Plants And Rain Barrels

Spring rains, sunshine, and blooms are on the horizon.  Plan ahead for your property by ordering your native plants and rain barrels from the soil and water conservation district. The SWCD has all the tools you need to conserve water and support pollinators like bees and butterflies with beautiful native plants.

Native plant kits allow you to take the guesswork out of plant selection by providing a set of plants that will be perfect for your yard. Each native plant kit contains 50 native plant plugs for $135. There is a kit for all areas of your yard including pollinator, rain (for wetter areas), and shade garden.

Rain barrels are also available for pre-order for $75. These re-purposed barrels capture rainwater from your downspout and roof and hold it for use at a later time. Rain barrel water is great for watering plants and gardens or even washing the car. In peak summer months, a rain barrel can save around 1,300 gallons of free, naturally soft water for your use.  Pre-pay for your barrel and choose between grey and black fifty-five-gallon rain barrels. Diverters systems for easily installation are also available for $30 and wooden pedestal stands are available for $35.

Plant kit and rain barrel pre-orders can be placed online at www.hamiltonswcd.org. Orders for plants are due March 31st and rain barrel pre-orders are due May 12th.  Rain barrels can be picked up May 20th in Noblesville and plants the week of June 13th. All proceeds support conservation projects and education in Hamilton County.

More information on native plants and rain barrels can be found on the Hamilton County SWCD website (http://www.hamiltonswcd.org). Questions regarding the sales or SWCD resources can be directed to at soil.water@hamiltoncounty.in.gov or 317-773-2181.