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Backyard Stream Buffer

What is a Backyard Buffer?

  • Homes and businesses that have backyards adjacent to streams can develop a “Backyard Buffer” to help protect the environmental quality of our waterways.
  • A Backyard Buffer is an area adjacent to a stream that is restored to its natural state by the property owner by eliminating mowing, installing native plants and encouraging natural habitat.
  • Poquessing Creek, Pennypack Creek, and many other streams that flow through Philadelphia are lined with private homes.
  • Why Build a Backyard Buffer?

  • A backyard buffer holds the soil together and reduces erosion.
  • A backyard buffer helps reduce and filter the stormwater runoff that pollutes our waterways and drinking water.
  • A natural stream bank is an attractive ecosystem that provides habitat for birds and riparian species.
  • How to Build a Backyard Buffer

    Follow these plans for your home type:
    Single Family/Detached Home
    Twin/Row Home/Townhome

    Tip Sheets for building a Backyard Buffer:
    #1: No Mow Zone
    #2: Green Lawn Basics
    #3: Native Plants for Pennsylvania
    #4: Tree & Shrub Planting
    #5: Composting
    #6: Rain Barrel
    #7: Porous Pavers
    #8: Live Stakes
    #9: Invasive Plant Removal


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