Your backyard is special
The view from your backyard is something special and rare: a ravine. Its tree-covered slopes are home to native birch trees, songbirds, butterflies, wildflowers and year-round foliage. It adds scenic vistas to your neighborhood and privacy to your yard.
While all it takes to enjoy your ravine is a brief gaze from your kitchen window, keeping your ravine healthy and beautiful can be a challenge. Ravines are vulnerable to erosion and slope failures that can literally wash away land and property value and increase pollution to Lake Michigan.
3 things you can do to protect your ravine
- Plant ravine-friendly landscaping. Use native trees, flowers and foliage; they have deep roots that reduce erosion. For ideas and a list of landscapers who can help, see the Revitalizing Our Ravines Resident Guide. And learn how one ravine homeowner created beautiful and ravine-friendly landscaping.
- Keep rainfall on your property. Disconnect gutter downspouts from pipes that flow directly into your ravine. Plant rain gardens to absorb water on your property.
- Stop the dumping. Don’t empty your swimming pool or dump grass clippings into the ravine.