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  • Plant grass or ground cover on exposed land to prevent the loss of topsoil from erosion.
  • Create a compost pile for kitchen and garden waste to save energy by not having to haul yard debris to the dump.
  • Plant evergreen trees to protect your home from the chilling winter winds.
  • Plant deciduous shade trees to shade your house in the summer and allow the sun to warm your house in the winter.
  • Plant natural grasses and shrubs that are native to your area and do not require a lot of extra water in the summer.
  • Plant shade trees in the yard, by roadways and in vacant lots to combat the rising CO2 production.
  • Plant native wildflowers in vacant lots, roadsides and other public areas so that the grass will not have to be mowed as often.
  • Collect rain water in a rain barrel or cistern for watering plants, garden and landscaping.
  • Reduce your landscape watering schedule. Experts say that most yards are over-watered.
  • Water lawns early in the morning and long enough for a deep soak to encourage deep root growth.
  • Plants and grasses grow slowly in the cooler weather.
  • Keep an eye on the weather report and turn off your automatic irrigation system when rain is predicted.
  • Check your sprinkler system and timer on a regular basis to be sure it is operating properly and giving you the right coverage.
  • Install a rain sensor device or switch which will override the irrigation cycle of the sprinkler system when adequate rainfall has occurred.
  • Use a "soaker" hose rather than a sprinkler, where possible. Less water is required because the water is concentrated on the soil nearer the roots and there is less evaporation.
  • Water in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid evaporation.
  • Avoid watering on windy days.
  • Convert to a drip irrigation system that waters specific plants and avoids water waste.
  • Use an electric instead of gas powered lawn and garden equipment.  Electric powered equipment create less pollution and are usually more energy efficient.
  • Buy a new push mower for your lawn. They are quiet, non-polluting and you get exercise.
  • Use "hand" pruners, clippers and other yard tools rather than gasoline or electric-powered ones.
  • Lawn mowers will cut more efficiently and use less energy when the blades are sharpened regularly.
  • If you reduce fertilizing the lawn, you'll have to water less and cut the it less frequently.
  • Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A lawn cut higher encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.
  • Leave lawn clippings after mowing to fertilize the grass, or collect the clippings and use them for mulch.
  • Use a mulching lawn mower instead of bagging and carting off grass clippings. The mulched clippings fall back to the soil and add nutrients.
  • Mulch your planting beds to retain moisture in the soil and to control weeds.
  • Use a broom to clean the sidewalks and driveway instead of using a noisy, polluting, blower.
  • Stop using a hose to clean these surfaces which wastes hundreds of gallons of water.
  • Sweeping the sidewalks and driveway
  • Regularly check all hoses, connectors and spigots for leaks. Install new hose washers when needed.
  • Plant native plants that are adapted to your area. They require less water and maintenance, and look great.
  • If possible, use the grey water from the laundry and shower for irrigation in the yard.
  • Choose the small solar powered lights for your landscape lighting.

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NEW  Composting the Natural Way - Compost is the richest fertilizer you can use. And it is FREE, if you can make it yourself. You don't need to buy commercial fertilizers when you use this "nature's one." Compost is the results of decaying organic material like leaves, grass, or kitchen scraps.  Although compost can be made in an open pile, you'll get faster results if you use a bin.  Nature does the work for you.  All you have to do is provide the right environment of heat, moisture, air, and materials for the organisms in the compost pile.

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