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Eight Smart Gardening Practices

Eight Smart Gardening Practices

The Eight Smart Gardening Practices are an environmentaly friendly way of gardening. These eight practices are designed to help you create a healthy, beautiful, vibrant garden while conserving water, reducing yard waste, and preventing pollution of our air and local rivers.

 

For information on each of the 8 Smart Gardening Practices click on the left hand column.

 

Four Easy Ways to Get Started

1. Check your irrigation system

A. Look for broken or out of adjustment heads

B. Bet your controller properly for the season

 

2. Use mulch in flower, vegetable and shrub beds

A. Mulch prevents water loss and keeps weeds down

B. Mulch materials can be bark, ground tree trimmings and fallen leaves

c. Apply 3 inches of mulch

 

3. Use compost to improve soil health and fertility

A. Compost reduces fertilizer needs

B. Imporves water use efficiency

C. Incorporate compost when planting or appy to shrubs

 

4. Grasscycling when mowing lawns

A. Grasscycling allows grass clippings and their nutrients to be recycled into the lawn and soil, recuding the need for fertilizers. In addition, there is less waste to the landfill

 

Special thanks to "River-Friendly Landscaping at Home"

 

 

 

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