Landscaping affects water quality and water supply. Many chemicals and lawn care methods can be harmful to people and plants and may pollute our water supply. To learn how to have an environmentally-friendly landscape, view the information below.
Choose the right plant for the right place. Get to know your yard; consider the soil type, sunlight, and water needs. Click here for a video on choosing the right plants.
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Pesticides, fertilizers and erosion from our landscapes and gardens may contaminate our water supply. This page will provide links on how to have a beautiful, pesticide-free yard.
How much water is right for your plants? More problems are actually caused by over-watering than under-watering.
A rain gauge is a simple way to measure rainfall or the amount of water your sprinkler system applies. Click here for a video on how to use a rain gauge.
- Place the rain gauge in an open area of your lawn.
- Check the rain gauge before watering.
- If it has recently rained 1/4" or more wait another day or two before watering.
Scheduling an irrigation controller can by tricky. Click here for a video on setting your sprinkler schedule.
Drip irrigation can save up to 50% of the water applied to your landscape. Click here for a video on how to use a soaker hose correctly.
Soils, Compost, Mulch, and Fertilizer
Healthy soil holds more nutrients and water and will result in healthier plants. Improving your soil is the best way to save water and work in your lawn and garden.
- Build healthy soil
- Compost and Mulch Calculator to figure how much you need
- Fertilize moderately with organic products
- Mulch 101
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