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      Melinda's Garden Moments: Eco-Friendly Lawn Care

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      Youcan have a lawn and still be kind to the environment.

      Startby setting your mower high. Tall grassis more drought tolerant and better able to resist pests and compete withweeds. And consider converting to a handpropelled push mower. It's better forthe environment and your waistline.

      Leavethe clippings on the lawn. Shortclippings do not cause thatch, but add moisture, organic matter and nutrientsto the soil.

      Useorganic slow release fertilizer to feed the lawn. Apply most of your fertilizer in fall forbest results. And even just onefertilization a year can greatly reduce weed problems.

      Removeweeds by hand and check out some of the new tools to make the job easier. Or use eco-friendly corn gluten meal inspring and fall. This product preventsseeds, including grass and weeds from sprouting.

      Besure to sweep all clippings and chemicals off walks and drives.

      A bit moreinformation: Consider growing moredrought tolerant grass to reduce watering needs. Native buffalo grass and rhizomatous tallfescue are just two possible options.These drought tolerant grasses allow you to grow a traditional lawn withless water. Make sure the grass matchesthe growing conditions in your landscape.

      For more gardening tips, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com.

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