Green Spot

Community Backyards - Closed for the Winter

Thank you for another fantastic year!

Thanks for another great year for Community Backyards. Participation for 2022 closed on October 3, 2022. We will take the winter to wrap up this year's program and prepare for next year's program. Please check back in Spring 2023 to participate in next year's program which will run from May 1, 2023 to October 1, 2023. Additionally, rebate submissions are now closed. The last day to submit rebates was 11/15/2022. See you next year! 

Until then, winter is coming. Remember to follow our 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!