How you care for your lawn and garden has a direct impact on the health of local streams and the Chesapeake Bay! Take a stand for clean water….right in your own yard!
- Before applying fertilizer, test your soil. You may not need to fertilize! Always read the instructions on the bag. Fall is the best time to fertilize.
- Avoid using chemicals in your yard – keep it healthy for you, your family and your pets!
- Try composting! Composting is a great way to recycle trimmings from your yard, and you can use the mulch to enrich your soil and feed your plants.
- Use native plants. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and thrive in our local conditions without fertilizers and chemicals. They help feed local wildlife too!
- Recycle your rainwater! Direct your downspouts to your garden beds, to take advantage of the runoff from your house. Collect some of the water in a rain barrel or cistern. Plant a raingarden to help manage the runoff!
Check out the links below for more information on these tips!
Places to Know
- Arlington County Demonstration Gardens
- Farmers Markets
- Native Plant Nurseries
- Parkfairfax Native Plant Sales
- Long Branch Nature Center native plant sale (usually in April)
Rules to Know
- Green Gardening
- Composting Information
- Rain Barrels
- Raingarden Overview (see projects in Arlington)
- Raingarden Design and Plant Selection
- Gardening for Wildlife
- Arlington County Master Gardeners
- Soil Testing Information from Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Bayscapes Conservation Landscaping