The EPA comes through with ten pretty good tips about how to protect the environment and still have a great looking yard and garden.

  1. Know Your Yard - learn about soils, plants, climate, and wildlife around your home
  2. Choose the Right Plant for the Right Spot - avoid invasive species. Know the requirements and ultimate size of the plant. Select species that require less water, fertilizer, pruning, and pesticides.
  3. Be Water Wise - water lawns only when needed, and cover bare soil with mulch.
  4. Know Your Pest - make sure the pest is correctly identified and use the most appropriate method to control the problem.
  5. Prevent Pollution Possibilities - Prevent fertilizer, pesticides, yard debris and pet waste from entering water sources or waste water systems. Use pesticides only when and where they are needed!
  6. Read and Follow The Label - before using pesticides or fertilizers, know the do's and don'ts. The label is the law. Keep children and pets away from pesticides. Store and dispose of pesticides properly.
  7. Go Natural - create wildlife habitats at home. Consider using native plant species and remove invasive exotic plants.
  8. Pile It On - build a compost pile with grass clippings, leaves, and other organic material. Use compost as mulch or natural fertilizer to improve soil health.
  9. Take It To The Max - cut your lawn at the highest recommended mower setting and leave clippings in place.
  10. Respect Your Neighbors - regardless of whether you have a traditional lawn or a more indigenous landscape, keep your yard safe, clean and well maintained to add beauty to your neighborhood.