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Is Your Garden Eco-Friendly?

Make small changes to maintain a beautiful garden with less pollution and waste.

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Here's a quick and easy list of eco-friendly ideas:
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1. Use Grass Clippings + An Organic Fertilizer

Lawns require more nitrogen fertilizer than other garden plants to stay green and healthy. You can provide about one third of the nitrogen your lawn needs simply by leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing - just be sure to de-thatch if necessary so your lawn can absorb and break down clippings, which returns nutrients to the soil. To provide the remaining nitrogen, use an organic fertilizer, which feeds a slow, steady supply of nutrients to grass plants.

TIP: Always apply lawn fertilizer according to the directions on the package, and sweep up any fertilizer that lands on sidewalks and driveways to prevent it from contaminating local water supplies. For more useful tips, read How to Fertilize.


2. Be Water Smart

Most lawns require regular watering to remain healthy, but more and more municipalities¬† are instituting water restrictions. Fortunately, there are new products to help you conserve. For example, the individual seeds in Scotts® Turf Builder® are wrapped in a water-absorbing coating that helps the seed stay moist after planting, resulting in faster, more even germination with less frequent watering.

3. Use an Organic Pesticide

One of the best things about organic pesticides is that they quickly break down into harmless substances once they're exposed to sun, air and water. That means they don't persist in the environment and don't cause potential harm to wildlife, children and pets. Many organic pesticides are made from naturally occurring plant extracts combined with vegetable-based oils.

If you catch insect pest problems early, you can often control them with simple, non-toxic techniques. You can hand-pick large insects such as caterpillars and Japanese beetles, and use non-toxic insecticidal soap to control small pests like spidermites.
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4. Control Moisture in your Container

Container gardening is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to grow vegetables. But containers can dry out quickly, meaning frequent watering. Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix addresses this concern. It contains organic matter and a wetting agent, which combine to absorb extra water and release it back slowly to plant roots.

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