The RiverSmart Maintenance Assistance Program assists property owners with the maintenance of their installed RiverSmart rain gardens and BayScapes.
The program offers free advice through the Maintenance Assistance Program Virtual Service Center in three simple steps:
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“The RiverSmart Maintenance Assistance Team is fantastic! They were so helpful in the email correspondence and phone. They were very responsive and accommodated my tricky schedule with an infant. They provided great information and guidance for a way forward to fix our rain garden.”
– Jaime A., Homeowner, Ward 4
If your inquiry cannot be addressed through the Virtual Service Center, you may be eligible for a free inspection by a Maintenance Assistance team member. A limited number of free inspections are available for rain gardens only. Please contact the team to see if you are eligible for a free inspection.
During the inspection, a team member will evaluate your existing gardens and offer maintenance recommendations that can be completed as a DIY project or through a hired contractor. Some rain garden maintenance may qualify for the Cost-share Maintenance Services (below).
Self-inspections can be completed through the completion of this form. (Coming Soon!)
A cost-share maintenance services option is available for qualified rain gardens on a first-come, first-served basis. An inspection, either completed by a Maintenance Assistance team member or through a self-inspection, is required to submit a Cost-share Maintenance Services application. (Coming Soon!)
For additional maintenance assistance, see the Resources section below or get in touch with us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org or (443) 449-8230
The RiverSmart Maintenance Program has developed a number of maintenance guides with instructions for garden and plant care. Check back regularly for updates to this information.
Whether you are replacing native plants in a rain garden or BayScape, it is important to have the right plant in the right place. Native plant lists are based on selections that have been successful in RiverSmart gardens and include information on the best plants for specific locations in your garden, bloom color and season, and the habitat provided by specific plants for birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
If you need the help of a professional landscaper for on-site maintenance work, the Maintenance Assistance team has compiled a list of qualified maintenance contractors who are familiar with RiverSmart gardens. The 2020 RiverSmart Maintenance team is not directly involved with the delivery of on-site maintenance services, the list is simply another resource available to you through the program. Interested homeowners should contact these contractors directly to find out about pricing and availability. Typical maintenance work includes invasive weed removal, mulching, pruning, correcting rain garden issues, planting, thinning, and transplanting.
email@example.com or (443) 499-8230