What can I plant in my terrace? How can my yard help pollinators? Do I have to have a lawn?

If you’re asking any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place! Madison residents have a number of options for how to landscape their yards and adjacent street terraces. The City requires that you keep your yard and terrace well maintained and free of noxious weeds, but allows you to plant all sorts of things. From traditional lawns and flowerbeds to vegetable gardens, native plants or pollinator-friendly plantings, you can create the yard that makes you happy.

The Madison Food Policy Council has created the following documents to guide you in planting edible, native and pollinator friendly landscapes in your yard and terrace.

Terrace Treatment Policy (May 2019)

Terrace and Yard Planting Brochure
Terrace and Yard Planting Brochure

If you have any questions, please contact George Reistad, Food Policy Director at 608-266-4611.