Considerations For Your Yard

 
What we do in our yards often affects our neighbors and the environment. Here’s how you may unknowingly cause issues:

  • Cut Back On Chemicals: The average homeowner over-applies pesticides and fertilizers, often at rates many times that of farmers. Creating a healthy garden and yard can come naturally, if you are trying to improve the health of your plants, check out our composting section. Remember, excess chemicals leach out of the soil, pollute groundwater, and kill off the beneficial bugs.
  • Save Your Air: Emissions from landscape equipment (mowers, blowers, leaf blowers, trimmers, etc.) are often much greater than that of a car per hour of operation. Today’s yard equipment options include better emissions standards for small engines and a variety of electric machines that perform even better than their gasoline counterparts. 
  • Bring In Biodiversity: Non-native plants can “escape” from our gardens and kill native varieties. In order to prevent this, thin or remove the harmful non-native species, and replace with local native plants. This will attract the diversity of insects and wildlife needed to make your garden and yard healthy.
  • Capture Your H2O: To prevent storm water run-off or losing valuable water try planting a mix of trees, shrubs and other low-lying ground plants to better absorb water. While it may appear that lawns retain lots of water, in reality these other plants keep the water better than grass. Try building a rain garden or use rainscaping strategies to save your water, reduce storm water run-off and prevent water pollution.  

Learn more about Beneficial Landscaping from the EPA. 
 
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