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Everything you need to design and plant your HIP DIY Native Landscaping project is here, at your fingertips. Please view and download any of our materials for your information. If you have questions, or need something that isn’t found on this page, please contact us using the “Connect with Us” form below.

The following resources are specially-selected for property owners eligible for the HIP Do-It-Yourself Native Landscaping program.


HIP Overview

This video provides information about Lake Whatcom water quality challenges and solutions, water quality improvement projects offered through HIP, and an overview of the HIP process.

Planning, Installing, and Caring for your Native Landscaping

This video provides detailed information on the benefits of landscaping with native plants and outlines options and ideas to help you design your HIP project.

Native Plant Slide Show

This video includes information on plant names, details about plants native to Washington State, and photos of native plants that you may want to incorporate into your HIP project.



DIY Native Landscaping Program Handbook

Program handbook for homeowners eligible for the DIY Native Landscaping Program. Last updated September 2021.

Appendix A: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We're sure you have lots of questions. Start here to learn the basics about the HIP DIY Native Landscaping program.

Appendix B: Landscaping with Native Plants

Details about how to plan, implement, and maintain your new native landscaping project.

Appendix C: HIP Native Plant List

A compilation of HIP-approved native plants, including light and soil criteria, mature size, and special characteristics.

Appendix C: King County Sample Plans

Sample native landscaping plans for a variety of light and moisture conditions, including accompanying plant lists. Produced by King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

Appendix D: DIY Native Landscaping Materials Purchasing Guide

Guide for purchasing plants, mulch, and rocks for the DIY Native Landscaping Program.

Appendix E: City Sample Application

Downloadable sample HIP application for City of Bellingham residents.

Appendix E: City Blank Application Forms

Downloadable blank HIP application for City of Bellingham residents. Custom property maps are provided at the DIY Native Landscaping workshop.

Appendix F: Reimbursement Request Form

Downloadable reimbursement form for the DIY Native Landscaping Program.

Appendix G: Native Landscaping Maintenance Agreement

Downloadable Maintenance Agreement template for the DIY Native Landscaping Program.

Appendix H: Measuring Areas for your HIP Project

This handout provides detailed guidance about how to measure distances and areas using pacing, measuring devices, and online resources.

Approved Mulch List

Tested and approved low-phosphorus mulches for use in the Lake Whatcom watershed. Last updated Jan 2020.

Planting worksheet

Downloadable excel worksheet helps you determine the amount of native plants and mulch needed for your planting area to satisfy program requirements.

Tips for wildfire safe HIP projects

Learn more about how to design your native landscaping projects to reduce wildfire risk on your property.

Plant List for Powerpoint

Use this list to circle the plants you like as you watch the Native Plant Slideshow video.



Sunny Shoreline Landscape Plan

If your site slopes gently toward the water, use this layout to maximize your fun in the sun.

Shoreline Connection Landscape Plan

Keeping you connected to the uses along your shoreline, this layout adds privacy from boaters and neighbors.

Shoreline Buffer Landscape Plan

Tired of the geese making a mess along your shoreline? This layout creates a barrier that doesn't detract from your water view.

Shady Creekside Landscape Plan

Along streams, use this layout to beautify your property while reducing erosion and flooding

Part Sun Privacy Landscape Plan

Creating a border of native landscaping using this layout grows a beautiful and natural barrier while keeping your views intact.

Backyard Sanctuary Landscape Plan

Use this layout to turn an open lawn area into a private place where you can relax, entertain guests, and attract birds and butterflies.

Sunny Hillside Landscape Plan

Mowing lawns on steep slopes can be a big headache. This layout helps you envision ways to plant your hillside while maintaining that spectacular view.

Deep Shade Landscape Plan

Some native plants thrive in shady areas, where weeds and moss would otherwise grow. Use this layout if you live under tall trees or for the shady side of your lot.

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