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Mulch is a material spread on top of the ground to benefit soil and plant health, and make landscape maintenance easier. Wood chips, leaves, grass clippings, wood shavings, and compost all make good mulches.

Mulching Benefits:

  • Prevents soil compaction and erosion
  • Suppresses weeds
  • Captures and retains soil moisture
  • Protects roots from the sun’s heat
  • Protects plant crowns from winter cold
  • Protects and stimulates microbial activity in the soil
  • Adds nutrients to the soil as they break down (more…)

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Other than planting native plants and eliminating the use of fertilizers and pesticides you can also install a rainwater harvesting system and plant a rain garden.  (more…)

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Composting is the easy way to add nutrients to soil, improve soil structure and increase the moisture-holding ability of soil. Composting recycles organic material through controlled decomposition. Organic materials are grass and yard clippings, kitchen scraps (no animal products), wood shavings, cardboard and paper. As organic materials decompose they turn into a rich, dark humus material that improves all soil types.

Compost helps sandy soil retain water and nutrients that would normally wash right through and it breaks up tight clay soils allowing roots to spread and oxygen to penetrate. Soils improved with compost contain beneficial microorganisms that protect plants from diseases and pests. Compost can reduce or eliminate the use of synthetic fertilizers in your lawn or garden. Better moisture retention means less watering and reduced runoff pollution – two key elements of WaterSmart gardening.

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The WaterSmart program has been working on five new informative videos over the last year and they are now ready to be watched, shared and enjoyed.
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Our bayous and bays are greatly impacted by the quality of the stormwater flowing into them, and now is a great time to start improving it with practices we can implement at home, work, or beyond.

Join us in a beautiful setting–the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory’s new LEED-certified building in Lake Jackson, TX.

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