Garden Tips

The more you know about your regional environment, the more success you'll have growing your garden. Important factors to consider include soil type, climate and environment, what you want to get out of your garden, and how much time and effort you want to put into maintaining your garden. Little things, like how short you cut your grass, or choosing native species, can go a long way towards improving the health of your yard and the environment with no additional effort on your part. You can easily incorporate green gardening and living techniques in your garden and backyard to benefit both your family and the environment.

What we do in our yards often affects our neighbors and the environment.
Lawns use about 2–3 times as much water as other plants.
Once established, native and adapted plants are very low maintenance, require little to no pesticides or fertilizers, and survive well on available water.
A layer of mulch will help prevent the germination of many weed seeds, reducing the need for cultivation or the use of herbicides. You might also consider the use of weed barriers to prevent unwanted growth.
When a plant looks unhealthy or unsightly due to some discoloration or damage, our first impulse is often to apply a pesticide without really knowing what's wrong.
When barbecuing, choose gas over charcoal for a lower-emitting grilling method.
Creating an edible garden of herbs, fruits or vegetables can be good for your family, community and the environment.