National Garden Month

Guidelines for Earth-Friendly
Lawn & Landscape Care

Make your landscape part of the pollution solution!


Pollution is probably the last thing most people think of when they gaze across a blossoming garden or a lush, green lawn — after all, this is nature we're looking at! But when we use garden products such as pesticides and fertilizers inappropriately, they often end up where they don't belong — in our storm sewers and waterways, where they can become significant pollutants. On the flip side, healthy lawns and gardens reduce erosion, filter pollutants from water, and provide natural cooling and cleaner air. So where's the balance point for you, the homeowner?

You'll find it in Environmental Guidelines for Responsible Lawn Care and Landscaping. This comprehensive booklet of sensible and simple recommendations and procedures shows gardeners how to be good environmental stewards and have beautiful, healthy home landscapes.

The Guidelines were developed by the Lawns and the Environment Initiative, a coalition of businesses, government agencies, universities, and environmental groups — including NGA — that is working to change the way Americans take care of their home landscapes.

Click here for a list of 10 principles for sound landscaping practices and simple tips for achieving each one.

Download the 46-page PDF file, Environmental Guidelines for Responsible Lawn Care and Landscaping, to learn more about environmentally savvy lawn and landscape care.

For a quick look at how your lawn and garden care practices compare to those of others, check out our Eco-Scorecard.

When You Garden, You Grow!

Every April communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. Gardeners know, and research confirms, that nurturing plants is good for us: attitudes toward health and nutrition improve, kids perform better at school, and community spirit grows. Join the celebration and help to make America a greener, healthier, more livable place!

About National Garden Month

Why Garden?

"MULCH, MULCH, MULCH. Add four to six inches of an organic mulch, such as bark chips, beneath the entire root zone of trees and shrubs. Dona**t pile the chips near plant trunks, however. Mulch encourages healthier plants, reducing the needs for pesticides and fertilizers. Benefits of mulch: Retains moisture. Keeps soil temperature constant, reducing plant stress. Suppresses weeds. Gradually increases soil organic matter, feeding the soil. Attracts beneficial organisms that improve soil fertility and porosity. Protects roots and plants from mechanical injury. On hillsides and around rural homes, it suppresses the spread of brush fires."

-- Fred Hoffman, producer-host KFBK/KSTE, Farmer Fred

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