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Your contributions make a difference in the way you maintain your lawn. Learn how to truly be a “green” thumb and prevent stormwater pollution.

 

 

Follow These Tips For a Healthy Garden

Smart and Sensible About Pesticides and Fertilizers

When it comes to harsh lawn chemicals, we suggest following these three simple “S” practices to maintain a safe garden… A lot depends on it!

    • Strategically apply any chemical products to your lawn only when rain is not expected.
    • Spot-Apply rather than blanketing the entire area with pesticides, apply chemicals directly to the area that needs treatment.
    • Safely dispose of unwanted products through the San Bernardino County Household Hazardous Waste Centers.
Gardening How-To Videos

 Non-Toxic Alternatives

aphid invasion
Problem:
Aphid Invasion!

Solution:
Release Natural Enemies, like Ladybugs, to Save the Day
For more information about alternative and non-toxic pest control, visit the Our Water Our World website for helpful tips and downloads.


 Reuse Yard Waste

Contribute to the zero waste cycle by reusing your biodegradable yard waste for nutrients and watch nature take action!

    • Recycle leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste, instead of blowing, sweeping or hosing them into the street or gutter
    • Try grasscycling, leaving grass clippings as a natural fertilizer
    • Bonus Tip: Because grass is mostly water, it also irrigates your lawn, conserving water

Want to Get Your Hands Dirty?

wheelbarrowThe San Bernardino Master Gardeners offers classes and workshops to County residents. Find out more at their website or call (909) 387-2182.

 Water Wise

The average lawn only needs about an inch of water a week, including rainfall, or 10 to 20 minutes of watering. Water conservation is important because it minimizes the amount of urban runoff going into the street. Following proper water guidelines will save money, resources and prevent litter and other toxins from being carried into the street.

    • Irrigation Timing – Sprinklers should be left on long enough to allow water to soak into the ground but not so long to cause runoff. A half-inch per week is enough for fall and spring in our area.
    • Practice Your Aim – No sense in watering the sidewalk so make sure that the sprinklers are aimed at the lawn. Cut your water costs and prevent runoff by controlling the amount of water and direction of sprinklers.
    • Sunrise/Sunset Watering – Water your lawn early in the morning or in the afternoon so water has time to soak into the soil before the heat of the sun causes evaporation.
    • Conserve During Rain – Make sure that you turn off automatic sprinkler systems when it’s raining. Using drip irrigation, soaker hoses or micro-spray systems for flower beds and vegetation can also help reduce your water bill and prevent runoff
    • Go Native – Save on water by planting low maintenance, drought-tolerant trees and shrubs that are native to San Bernardino County. For a list of native plants for your area, visit the Theodore Payne Foundation site.