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Hamilton County Conservation Deadlines for Native Plants and Financial Assistance

The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) offers several programs that aid landowners in adopting conservation practices, with deadlines for two of them coming up in April.

The application deadline for the SWCD cost share program is April 4. It helps landowners practice better environmental stewardship by providing matching funds for conservation practices that include rain gardens and bioswales, prairie plantings, pollinator gardens, invasive plant removal, tree plantings, water and pond-edge enhancements, wetland construction, porous pavement and pavers, and filter strips. This program matches 50 percent of participant contributions up to $2,000, and can be in the form of purchased materials and services, equipment rental and labor.

SWCD also offers native plant kits to help take the guesswork out of DIY landscaping with tried and true Indiana natives for pollinator gardens, rain gardens, prairie gardens and shade gardens. The deadline for ordering native plant kits is April 24. Each kit is $120 and includes 50 plants per kit with five plugs of each species. Plants are available for pick-up in Noblesville in May.

Other programs offered by SWCD throughout the year include a native tree sale, rain barrel subsidies for Noblesville residents, grants for the creation of outdoor classrooms, financial assistance to cap oil and gas wells, and soil and well water testing.

Hamilton County SWCD is located at 1717 Pleasant St., Ste. 100, Noblesville. For more information or to access applications and plant kit order forms, call 317-773-2181 or visit HamiltonSWCD.org.

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