Backyard Conservation Program

This program offers a 50/50 reimbursement of up to $200.00 back for establishing, enhancing, restoring and/or maintaining a backyard conservation project.

2021 applications accepted now!

All Fayette County residents are eligible to apply (renters and landowners).

Apply electronically to:

Submit receipts, invoices, and photographs of completed projects within 60 days of approval to receive reimbursement -- your "deadline" will be noted on your acceptance letter. Reimbursements are issued shortly following their approval at monthly Board meetings -- the second Friday of each month. Please allow up to 6 weeks for your reimbursement to be processed. Reimbursable items include hand-tools for planting, seedlings, raised bed materials, rain barrels, composters, and more!

[Electric or gas-powered motorized equipment, such as lawnmowers, are not eligible.]

Examples of Backyard Conservation include:

Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels, Compost Bins, Pollinator Gardens, Beehives and Bat Houses, and Garden Plots -or- Raised Bed Gardens

Rain Gardens can remove standing water in your yard, reduce mosquito breeding, filter runoff pollution, and conserve water. They also create an environment that supports an increase of beneficial insects that can eliminate pest insects.

See University of Kentucky Extension Publication, HENV-205 for great information on the Design, Construction, and Maintenance of YOUR OWN rain garden!

Rain Barrels are an effective way to manage stormwater runoff and reduce the amount of pollutants in waterways. This can reduce the demand on municipal water supplies by using stored water to supply gardens and lawns.

See University of Kentucky Extension Publication, AEN-106 on Harvesting Rainwater and Reducing Stormwater Pollution

Compost Bins can be used to decrease the amount of food waste and yard trimmings going to landfills. Organic material decomposes to become compost- which acts as a soil conditioner to improve the physical condition and fertility of soil. Using compost can improve aeration, root penetration, and water infiltration.

See University of Kentucky Extension Publication, ID-192 for the science behind composting and many useful tips!

You can purchase a ready-to-go composter, or make one yourself!

Here, our Backyard Conservationist made a two-part compost bin from pre-used pallets which he purchased for $1.00 each!

Pollinator Gardens support pollinators by supplying pollen and nectar to attract them to a specific area. Regardless of their size, pollinator gardens impact our crops and assist with fruit and vegetable production.

Learn how to:

Attract Butterflies with Native Plants

and Plant Wildflowers for Pollinators

Also, consider having your pollinator support certified as a Monarch Waystation

Report your Monarch sitings!

View the Kentucky Monarch Conservation Plan here.

Did you know that one-third of the world's food production depends on BEES?!

Beehives and Beekeepers contribute to the positive population growth and protection of these very important pollinators.

Be sure to use the resources from Kentucky Department of Agriculture State Apiarist!

View this helpful University of Kentucky Extension 4-H Bee Ambassador Program publication.

Check out the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association and their resources!

Now, you can also register your beehives for added protection!

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture Pollinator Protection Program is designed to be a voluntary tool between chemical applicators and beekeepers in an effort to reduce hive mortality. If a chemical product label specifies that the applicator must communicate with area beekeepers prior to spraying, this program allows for beekeepers and others who are voluntarily registered to receive an email. Monarch waystation managers, specialty crop farmers, organic producers are also welcome to use this site, but you need to register as "beekeepers." For more information, find the Pollinator Protection Program here.

Welcome beneficial guests with Bat Houses and Insect Hotels

to further help to promote and maintain pollinators in your backyard.

Bats Information for Homeowners from University of Kentucky Extension publication, FOR-48

Insect Hotels, "birdhouses of the insect world"

Garden Plots -or- Raised Bed Gardens are great for growing small plots of vegetables or flowers.

They prevent soil compaction, provide good drainage, and serve as a barrier to pests and pathway weeds.

University of Kentucky Extension has you covered again!

Please refer to "Growing Your Own" (A Beginner's Guide to Gardening) and Home Vegetable Gardening in KY for great information!

When to Plant Vegetables in Lexington

Other projects may be approved on a case by case basis.

Submit your completed application by mail or email as follows:

Fayette County Conservation District

141 Leestown Center Way Suite 210 Lexington, KY 40511