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Tips & Tools

Tips & Tools

Tips & Tools for a "Green" Landscape

watering lawn

Cut grass height to about 3 inches to promote strong root growth, which will minimize weed growth, and also will help to keep moisture from evaporating (will require less watering)

Use a mulching lawn mower to deposit grass clippings directly on your lawn, rather than bagging and or composting. This will provide valuable nutrients to your grass, as well as save you time and effort.

Water lawn no more than once per week (recommended amount of 1” of water per watering) to promote deeper root growth, which will help make the grass more drought tolerant. Using a moisture analyzer is a quick and inexpensive way to determine whether your lawn needs watering or not

Best time to water your lawn is early morning (4am - 8am) as to avoid excessive evaporation if done during the day and to minimize chance of forming turf grass diseases due to extended periods of being wet if done at night

Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses for energy. Research shows that summer daytime air temperatures can be 3° to 6° cooler in tree-shaded neighborhoods than in treeless areas. Deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides will help keep your house cool in the summer and allow sun to shine in the windows in the winter

Your Garden

Apply mulch to vegetable garden and flower beds, which will reduce evaporation and help the soil retain water. Also, mulch prevents weed growth, so you can avoid the need for weed-killing chemicals

garden vegetables

Plant an herb garden

Install rain barrels, which can save you up to 2,600 gallons/year

Plant a container vegetable garden

Create a Xeriscape for your home, which incorporates native plant species to your area

Yard Waste

Yard Compost Tumbler

Build or buy a yard composter, to which you can add food scraps (except meat, fish or poultry products), as well as grass clippings, leaves, small twigs, and old garden waste

Storm Water

Install permeable patio and/or driveway pavers to decrease storm water runoff into sewers

Consider installing a cistern to catch and store rainwater, although it would require significantly more work and money than typical garden rain barrels