Backyard conservation practices are easy and most are inexpensive. Activities can be done by individuals and families, and many practices can be adapted to community gardens, schools and other public places.
The nation's farmers have worked at protecting soil and water resources for more than 70 years. The Backyard Conservation materials share successful conservation practice ideas with non-farm neighbors.
We encourage you to use in your own backyard some of the same soil conservation, water quality, wildlife habitat and natural resource protection practices farmers have been installing on their farms.
Printed copies of Backyard Conservation materials, including books, guides and posters can be ordered through NRCS online or by calling (888) LANDCARE (526-3227). You can also download copies of the booklet and tip sheets from the NRCS Backyard Conservation Website. Tip sheet topics include Backyard Pond, Backyard Wetland, Composting, Mulching, Nutrient Management, Pest Management, Terracing, Tree Planting, Water Conservation and Wildlife Habitat. Publications are available in both English and Spanish.