Greening Your Yard

If you are planning to green your home, greening your yard is an easy next step. Use this page to help make your yard both lush and sustainable.

Rain Barrels

Want to save money on your water bills and keep your lawn and garden green? Rain barrels can help by harvesting stormwater runoff from your roof and allowing you to keep watering on hot days. Learn more about rain barrels and how can purchase them through the Village's Rain Barrel Program.

Consider a Front or Back Yard Garden

Planting a vegetable or flower garden in your yard is a great way to beautify your property and potentially save money. Somethings to consider when planting a garden, especially in your front yard:
  • Native plants tend to consume significantly less water and survive better in our climate. For more information, see the Native Plantings Document at the bottom of the page.
  • Any new garden cannot change the grade of a property enough to cause drainage or erosion problems. For questions regarding this, visit the Village's Stormwater and Flooding Services page.
  • Any new garden cannot become a nuisance (i.e. cause mud, icing or water to pool and accumulate on public sidewalks) or exceed the yard height limits allowed under the municipal code.
  • Any fencing installed around a new garden must comply with any fencing height restrictions set forth in the Municipal Code. For more information, visit the Village's Fence Permit page.

Consider a Rain Garden

In addition to a regular garden, residents may also consider planting a special type called a rain garden. These gardens are specifically designed to absorb stormwater runoff. Learn more about these gardens and get some resources for planning them on the Chicago Botanical Garden's website.

Coal Tar Information

If you are looking to sealcoat your driveway this year, there are a few things you should know. There are two common types of sealcoat: coal tar-based and asphalt-based. Both produce a deep black finish, but coal tar-based sealcoat contains much higher levels of chemicals called PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) that harm fish and, with prolonged exposure, pose a risk of cancer to humans. Because of the environmental problems associated with PAHs, many local and state jurisdictions have banned use of coal tar-based sealcoat (asphalt-based sealcoat may still be used).

For this reason, the Village encourages residents to read product labels carefully and make informed choices when choosing a sealcoating material.