Green Spot

Community Backyards Online Course

Open April 19, 2024 @ 12:00PM until October 1, 2024

Community Backyards online course is currently closed. We close the program for the fall and winter in order to close out the year and reset for the following year.

The 2024 online course will open on April 19 at 12:00pm. If you would like to participate sooner, check out our workshops kicking off on April 3. 

Until then, remember to follow these winter tips to keep your yard healthy year round! 

1) Winterize your rain barrel
  • Disconnect the rain barrel from the gutter downspout. 
  • Empty barrel of all water.  Make sure to drain the water from attached hoses as well.  This will avoid any left over water from freezing and cracking the barrel.
  • Clean the inside of the barrel.  Over time the use of a rain barrel can collect deposits or residue that need to be cleaned in order to keep the barrel in its best condition. 
  • Store your rain barrel in a dry place like a shed or garage.  If you don’t have room, turn the barrel upside down and cover it with a tarp so that is does not collect any water or acquire weather damage. 
  • During the winter, you should reconnect the gutter downspout.  Make sure this is positioned away from the house to avoid any flooding around the foundation.
2) Protect your newly planted native trees
  • Mulch your leaves and use as a protective barrier in your garden beds & around the base of your tree.
  • You can find more fall & winter tips for your yard by visiting
3) Don't worry about your compost - you can do that year round!