Your sustainable yard: Tips for a healthy yard and environment
"Your Sustainable Yard" is a four-part series on managing and maintaining a healthy and environmentally friendly yard. Four topics have been highlighted as listed below. All of the issues are available in individual PDF documents below.
Grow healthy plants
- Choose plants that will thrive where they are planted. Know plant requirements and know your site.
- Fertilize smart: Test your soil and find out which nutrients are needed.
- Mulch to retain water, minimize weeds and reduce stress to your plants.
- Increase the energy efficiency of your home by using trees for shade and cooling.
- Provide a habitat for birds and other wildlife.
- Trees help our planet by storing large amounts of carbon.
- Choose plants that are resistant to common disease and insect problems.
- Regularly look for pests to prevent problems before they become established. Sanitation is an important key in pest prevention.
- When pesticides are necessary, try a less toxic alternative to harsh chemicals.
- Conserve water by using drip irrigation instead of overhead watering.
- Reduce water pollution by keeping stormwater runoff on your property. Rain gardens, rain barrels and permeable pavements help keep water where it falls.
- Clean up your street. Keep leaves and lawn clippings off sidewalks, curbs and driveways.
- Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation; use rain sensors on any automated irrigation systems.
Recycle your yard trimmings
- Don’t collect and remove grass clippings when you mow. Leave them on your lawn to add valuable nutrients.
- Compost yard and organic waste from your home. Reduce rubbish and create your own natural mulch and fertilizer.
- Bring brush and compost you can’t manage to your municipal site.