Tennessee Smart Yards Gives You the Information You Need to Make a Difference

The Tennessee Yards & Neighborhoods program encourages homeowners to be part of the solution to Tennessee's water quality problems by adopting environmentally sound landscaping practices that are more in line with the natural water cycle. Your yard will absorb stormwater slowly, which, as it percolates downward, is cleansed naturally of toxins. The types of plantings you select will better endure the heat and dry spells and require less irrigation. In essence, you will:

Reduce the need for pesticides in your landscape
Conserve and protect water resources
Recycle and reduce organic wastes going to the landfill
Save energy


YardMap it!

The Cornell Lab has partnered with the Nature Conservancy to create a wonderful tool- YardMap to better understand your home habitat. All along the way of creating your map you'll find ways to improve upon your efforts. If you already have an eBird account or any Cornell Lab account use that to enter the system.

Define your property ( or park, school, worksite )

Set 'habitats' and that is where things live including your house, lawn, woods

Define objects within your 'habitats".

It's the perfect way to plan on implementing everything you'll learn at TN Smart Yards.

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