Yard Waste accounts for up to
25% of our total refuse material. Immediately outside your front door
there are ways to reduce waste hauled to landfills, and ways to help conserve
Grass Clippings - Adopt the "Don't Bag
it!" program through the County Extension Service. Publications and
promotional items are available. The theory is to mow the lawn before
grass gets too high to leave a thatch. Throwing the clippings back on the
lawn to provide fertilizer for lawn.
- Select plant material that is adaptive to the environment you
are putting it in. Use proper spacing now to avoid over grown hedges that
need major hedging or removal later.
Re-use - Re-use weeds, leaves and grass clippings, and spent annuals in
a compost pile. Use compost to help amend the soil and fill low spots.
Water usage - Water when plants show stress. Water until the plant
material responds. Infrequent, long watering is best. Let the
plants tell you when they need water and how much.
Mulch - Mulching plant material conserves moisture, suffocates weed seedlings
and buffers temperature extremes, thus eliminating weeds and limiting summer or
winter kill. Buy mulch in bulk form to avoid the waste of plastic bags.
Recycling is becoming the way of the future.
Practice proper cultural practices to reduce yard waste. Don't bag your
clippings, use adaptable species of plants properly placed, and let plant
material tell you when and how much water they need.