Watershed friendly landscaping I

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Anything we do on land eventually affects the streams, rivers, lakes, and the ocean because the runoff takes into the water pollutants, chemicals, fertilizer, pesticides, animal droppings, and so on.

The most obvious ways we can help are to pick up after our animals; not to pour oil or paint or other hazardous materials into the storm drains—in the Washington area, whatever is dumped into a storm drain eventually ends up in the Cheapeake Bay to the detriment of fish and wildlife; and not to use environmentally unfriendly fertilizers, weed killers, and pesticides.

Gaining in popularity are watershed friendly gardens that make use of native plants and trees, composting, nonharmful chemicals, and various other practices to conserve water in the garden itself, and to ensure that any runoff is not going to harm the local watershed. Such landscaping also creates an inviting habitat for wildlife.

This summer, Arlington County held a Watershed Friendly Yard Tour, and the owners of this house were proud participants.

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3 Responses to Watershed friendly landscaping I

  1. Doree says:

    Arlington did such a wonderful tour! Thanks for the reminder. The idea is that one yard at a time, we can attempt to rehabilitate the land which we have so carelessly robbed of native flora and fauna. We can protect our Chesapeake Bay watershed AND enjoy the whirr of beautiful wings—birds and butterflies et al—every time we open the doors to our gardens!

  2. Kate says:

    Thanks for posting this which can serve as an imp reminder!

  3. mariemcc says:

    These types of gardens sometimes don’t need as much maintenance, also. Now if we could only get people to stop wasting water altogether… Coming from California where droughts are frequent and water conservation has become a way of life, I can’t get used to seeing people wasting a resource just because you can.

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