Jersey-Friendly Yards

Jersey-Friendly Yards was developed by the Barnegat Bay Partnership through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The Jersey-Friendly Yards website is a comprehensive online source of information about environmentally friendly landscaping throughout New Jersey. The website brings together multiple resources about the best landscaping practices to help property owners make sound decisions for a healthy yard, environment and a healthy economy. The site was designed and built by FusionSpark Media Inc. in Medford, NJ.

Through funding from the Barnegat Bay Partnership, the Ocean County Soil Conservation District has spearheaded numerous projects involving the installation of native plant gardens throughout Ocean County using the Jersey-Friendly Yards website as a guiding resource.  Be inspired by these projects, explore the Jersey-Friendly Yards website, attend one of our many Jersey-Friendly programs or webinars, and create a Jersey-Friendly yard or garden of your own!

Jersey-Friendly Yards Projects Piloted by OCSCD:

Bay Head Shores Property Owners Association A project to protect the community beach area from wind blown sand movement and shoreline erosion, and beautify the shared clubhouse grounds with native perennials, shrubs and grasses. Case Study Bay Head Shores



Cedarcroft Club A project to establish a healthy landscape with curb appeal using New Jersey native plants, while developing a showcase for community education and access. Case Study Cedarcroft Club



Metedeconk River Yacht Club A project to beautify the main entrance to the Club (MRYC) and offer a model low maintenance native plant garden for Club members and the neighboring community to replicate in their own yards. Case Study Metedeconk River Yacht Club



Nejecho Beach Home Owners Association A project to protect the community beach area from wind blown sand erosion, and beautify the grounds and landscape. Case Study Nejecho Beach




Seawood Harbor Property Owners Association A project to bring a sense of renewal to the neighborhood after Superstorm Sandy, to beautify the entrance to the community, and to serve as a model native plant garden for residents and visitors to enjoy and replicate. Case Study Seawood Harbor



Visitation Relief Center A project to establish a healthy native landscape for staff and visitors to use as both a recreational space and an educational forum. Case Study Visitation Relief Center



OceanFirst Bank, Leesville Rd Branch, Jackson A project to enhance existing beds with native perennials and eliminate invasive plant species from the landscape. Case Study OceanFirst Bank Leesville Rd


OceanFirst Bank, Adamston Rd Branch, Brick A project to create a native perennial garden to serve as a model for replication by the community. Case Study OceanFirst Bank Adamston Rd



OceanFirst Bank, Hooper Ave Branch, Toms River A project to enhance poor soil conditions using native perennials and to offer seasonal beauty and color on the grounds. Case Study OceanFirst Bank Hooper Ave


Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002