Whether you have a big yard or a city garden lot like this one, you can help protect the environment and add beauty to the area at the same time. It’s an idea called “backyard conservation”.
By using water wisely for your lawn and garden it will help improve growing conditions and save money. Drip or trickle irrigation systems put water where it’s needed most. This helps prevent evaporation while reducing how much water you have to use.
You can put those grass clippings and tree trimmings to use by mulching. They protect the soil from erosion, prevent weed growth, and give those helpful earthworms some food. Check with your local lawn and garden center on the best times to mulch, based on the types of trees and plants you have.
Speaking of trees, why not plant one? They can become home to different types of wildlife, help reduce heating and cooling costs, help clean the air and add value to your home.
America's farmers and ranchers have been using conservation methods like these for decades. But they’re not just limited to the farm. A little backyard conservation can lead to a cleaner environment and save you money. Plus, it gives you chance to get outside and enjoy your beautiful landscape.