A rain garden is a bowl-shaped depression designed as a garden to capture, hold, and absorb rainwater. Rain gardens slow the flow of rainwater from roofs, sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces, allowing the water to penetrate the soil. Continue Reading »
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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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Common rush/Juncus effusus. source: Wiki Commons
Southern blue flag iris/Iris virginica. Photo: Mary Carol Edwards
Blue waterleaf/Hydrolea ovata. Photo: Mary Carol Edwards
Salt marshmallow/Kosteletzkya virginica. Source: Wiki Commons
Royal flatsedge/Cyperus elegans. Photo: Mary Carol Edwards
Coastal water hyssop/Bacopa monnieri. Source: Wiki Commons
Horsetail/Equisetum hymenale. Source: Wiki Commons
Suppose you want to establish a wetland to clean up the water and create a bit of habitat, but before your plants can root and reproduce, something rips them out! Suppose your wetland is in a suburban or urban area where you don’t have the option of trapping, poisoning, shooting, re-fencing, and stocking with predators to deter whatever is sabotaging your wetland. (And needless to say, your wetland construction is on a budget and a deadline.) What are you going to do? Continue Reading »
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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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Native plants are local and occur naturally without human help in a given area. Many have thrived there for centuries. There are different types of native plants, including flowers, shrubs, trees, grasses and vines that you can use in your landscape. Continue Reading »
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