Natural Resources

Learn about City of Naperville programs, services, projects and resources that help preserve and protect our natural resources.

Healthy Yards and Healthy Communities

The actions we take to maintain our yards can have direct consequences for the health of our community and our rivers. These ideas and resources can help achieve a beautiful yard while also caring for the environment.

  • Plant a tree. Each year, the City hosts an Arbor Day Tree Sale, in which residents can choose from a number of container-grown species including maples, oaks and elms for use in beautifying their yards and sustaining the environment.
  • Replace turf grass with native and deep-rooted plants.
  • Collect rainwater in a rain barrel. Order your own here.
  • Consider installing a native planting pollinator garden.
  • Create a Monarch Waystation

A Beautiful Yard Without Pesticides

Studies show that use of lawn chemicals can have environmental ramifications, especially for children. These chemicals potentially can contaminate surface and groundwater, affect outdoor and indoor air quality, and threaten the health of pets and wildlife. Alternative approaches include:

  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn to act as a natural fertilizer.
  • Overseed to fill in existing bare spots in the late summer or early fall. This approach will prevent weeds from taking over these spaces in the spring.
  • Aerate your soil to facilitate healthy grass growth.
  • Keep your mower blade setting at least 2-3 inches tall to allow your grass to developer deeper, more drought-resistant roots.

Have you also considered using native plants in your landscaping? Join the many homeowners who have incorporated native plants into their landscapes to create beautiful outdoor spaces, invite birds and butterflies to their yards, reduce their use of water, fertilizers and pesticides and protect our rivers.

The Conservation Foundation’s Conservation@Home program offers free advice and ideas to help eliminate chemical use, incorporate earth-friendly landscaping and create native gardens.

Electric Lawn Equipment Rebate 

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Residents who purchase a battery-powered electric lawn mower, snow blower, leaf blower, trimmer, edger or manually powered reel lawn mower on or after Jan. 1, 2023 can now apply for a $50 rebate.

To apply, fill out the application form and attach a copy of the purchase receipt. To access the form from the City's online Help Center, choose "Submit a Request," then select "Energy Rebate - Electric Lawn Equipment" from the menu on the left. 

Applicants must reside at the address listed on the application, and the address must be within the incorporated City of Naperville limits. Applicants must include include proof of residence (copy of utility bill, driver’s license or state ID). Participants are eligible for one rebate per household per calendar year. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Electric lawn equipment supported through this rebate is cleaner and quieter than gas-powered models. It helps decrease harmful air pollution and prevent spilled oil and gas from seeping into groundwater, polluting rivers and streams or damaging lawns and paved surfaces.

No Mow May

No Mow May is an increasingly popular way for homeowners to support bees and other pollinators by voluntarily delaying mowing. Naperville offered this program for the first time in 2023 with more than 170 households registering with the City to participate. By waiting to pull out their lawnmowers, residents allowed early flowering plants like clover and violets to grow, which provided a critical food source for newly emerged pollinators. View the benefits of reduced mowing from Bee City USA

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Compost and Yard Waste Services