Environmentally Friendly Gardening Tips

By the Plant Information Specialists

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Environmentally Friendly Gardening Tips

Environmentally sound gardening begins with choices. Eco-conscious choices and actions will help conserve natural resources. Here are some steps we can take:

- Plant more trees to clean the air. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Strategically placed trees provide shade and lower air conditioning use.

- Reduce size of water-thirsty turf areas. Certain grasses require high amounts of water to remain green. Allow grass to brown during droughts; know that it will perk up as soon as rain falls again.

- Set aside a portion of your yard as a natural area (woodland, wetland or meadow), based on existing conditions. Re-introduce the native plants that once grew before their habitat was damaged.

- Practice soil conservation by incorporating compost to condition, aerate, and improve soil structure; apply organic mulch to planting areas to prevent moisture loss and weed growth.

- Group plants according to their water needs; plant more drought tolerant species.

- Conserve water in the garden by installing a water-efficient irrigation system. Collect downspout rainwater in rain barrels to use in the garden; use a hand-held nozzle to avoid wasting water.

- Utilize organically safe gardening techniques to avoid the application of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

Gardeners: We can have a positive, eco friendly impact on our patch of earth!

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