|Summer is the perfect time to
combine a green thumb with a green lifestyle. By following these
simple tips, homeowners can save time and money, and improve the
health and appearance of their lawn and garden.
- Mow regularly and leave the
clippings on the lawn – the clippings will recycle into
- Water deeply, but
infrequently, to prevent lawn disease and save water.
- Mulch flower and vegetable
beds with compost or grass clippings to conserve water and
- Identify bugs before you
spray, squash or stomp – most bugs are good bugs, not pests.
Consider planting native trees
and plants, especially ones with berries, fruits and flowers to
invite birds, butterflies, and other wildlife into your yard.
For more information on greenscaping, check out EPA's
GreenScapes Web site. It includes a seasonal tips calendar on
landscape maintenance and a pamphlet that provides
cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for
large-scale landscapers and homeowners.
EPA's GreenScapes partnership program is designed to help
preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution by
encouraging companies, government agencies, and other entities
to make more holistic decisions regarding waste generation and
disposal, and the use of the land, water, pesticides, and