Time in Knox County:

2019 Office Hours
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30pm (mostly)
Wed: 9:00am - 2:30pm

* We try hard to be in the office between 8:30am and 4:30pm on Mon, Tue, Thu, & Fri, but please call ahead to be sure!

893 West St (Rt 90)
Rockport, ME 04856


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    Conservation Landscaping

    Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District offers several programs on how to protect water quality and the natural environment through conscientious landscaping practices. All of these programs can be tailored to landowner, municipal, or professional audiences.

    Beef Up Your Buffer: When More IS Better...and Why

    Whether you are building a “living fence” along your property or your aim is to improve water quality by reducing erosion and run-off along your waterfront, a buffer is what you need!

    Runoff from gravel roads and shoreland homesites is the Number 1 cause of lake, pond and stream pollution in the state of Maine. Water travelling over the surface of roads and yards carries nutrients and other pollutants into waterbodies; soil from erosion is carried in runoff and results in sedimentation, as well as carrying phosphorous, a limiting nutrient for algal blooms. Vegetated buffers absorb water and nutrients, trap excess soil, provide wildlife habitat, and mimic natural systems to create a dynamic landscape to enjoy in all seasons.

    This slide presentation will demonstrate how landowners can improve their homesites with a vegetated buffer of native plants.

    Lush Lawns without Chemicals 

    Do you want a healthy and safe lawn? Just because weed and insect controls can be bought at a store doesn't mean they are safe - they are designed to be toxic. Fertilizers are often used unnecessarily, wasting money and polluting our waters. We can help you reduce the use of fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides and still have a lush, green lawn!

    Native Plants for Water Quality and WOW!

    When choosing plants for your home landscape, why not choose a native or native cultivar   that will be well-adapted to the environment, provide habitat for wildlife, and add a certain something special to your landscape? Join us to meet native perennials and shrubs that can be found locally and learn which non-natives to avoid. Learn tips and techniques on how to improve your landscape with all of these elements in mind. 

    Beyond the Birdfeeder: Creating Backyard Habitats

    Both native and non-native plants have leaves and their flowers have seeds and nectar - so why is it that native plants are better for wildlife? Learn about the elements of a backyard landscape that encourage wildlife - the kind you want - and which native plants provide the most bang for your buck! 

    Invasive Plants of Midcoast Maine

    Ever wondered why folks are worried about invasive plants, how they got here in the first place and are they really harmful to the ecosystem. Learn about the plants "from away" that are disturbing natural ecosystems and replacing the native vegetation that defines our region and on which wildlife depends. Learn to recognize key invasives in our area and explore control & prevention strategies.

    Native Groundcovers

    Discover how to boost the biodiversity of your landscape from the ground up by using native groundcovers. Groundcovers are spreading plants that form dense stands, crowd out weeds and hold soil to prevent erosion. Unlike lawn grasses, native groundcovers offer color and texture throughout the year and provide food and habitat for native fauna. Planting of native groundcovers won’t take the place of lawn used for recreation, but will create a fairly low-maintenance alternative to areas of un-used lawn in a landscape. 

    Community Detectors: Invasive Tree Pests to Know

    Invasive forest pests are a serious threat to our woodlands and landscapes - and most infestations are first detected by local residents. Find out more about this presentation HERE. Funded by a grant from Maine Dept of Ag, Conservation & Forestry.

    To schedule a program for your group, please call (207) 596-2040 or email info@knox-lincoln.org