Remember these important tips when tending to your organic, sustainable garden.
Lark sparrow eggs nestle in native grass.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
These sustainable gardening practices respect air quality, water supply and soil.
■ Mulch. Natural mulch, such as grass clippings and fallen leaves, helps retain moisture and adds nutrients to the soil, cutting the need for water and fertilizer.
■ Reduce grass. Lawn mowers account for 5 percent of our nation’s air pollution, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Replace grass with flowers, bushes and trees to trim your work load, eliminate pollution and attract wildlife.
■ Xeriscape. Planting native, drought-tolerant plants helps cut water use and maintain soil integrity.
■ Catch rain. Using rain barrels saves water and money while providing a ready source of water for outdoor plants.
■ Go native. Not only do native plants require less fertilizer, water and pest control, but they also serve as pollinators and food for native wildlife.
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