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Path To Certification



STEP 1: Download the workbook and your choice of yardstick.

The workbook is your roadmap to a more sustainable landscape and accompanies the videos below. The yardstick is a place to log all the “inches” of actions you accumulate along your way to a Tennessee Smart Yard – 36 inches makes a smart yard, and there are 72 total to customize to your needs.


STEP 2: View videos on each of the foundational principles.

Learn from our Expert Team in the nine video sessions linked below. Each is 25-40 minutes and provides science-based information and tips on each of the foundational principles.

Right Plant, Right Place

Right Plant, Right Place

Manage Soils & Mulch

Manage Soils & Mulch

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Water Efficiently

Water Efficiently

Fertilize Appropriately

Fertilize Appropriately

Manage Yard Pests

Manage Yard Pests

Reduce Stormwater & Pollutants

Reduce Stormwater & Pollutants

Provide for Wildlife

Provide for Wildlife

Protect Waters Edge

Protect Waters Edge


Step 3: Accumulate “inches” until you reach a Smart Yard!

Choose what actions work for you and then start checking them off towards 36 inches in a smart yard.


Step 4: Certify your Tennessee Smart Yard.

Share with us how you achieved your Tennessee Smart Yard, then receive this official certificate and be eligible to purchase the official metal yard sign to show everyone that you have done your part to keep Tennessee’s land and water healthy.