Native Plants, Raingardens and Lawn Care for Water Quality (+ winter tips)

Submitted by srich on Thu, Nov 14 - 1:29 PM

This workshop quickly covers native plants (such as the blazingstar graced by a monarch above) and other water-friendly yard and garden practices to jumpstart your spring planning. We'll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter.

Photo: Karen Solas

Whether you're interested in a smaller native planting or want to transform your whole yard into a force for clean water in 2014, this FMR workshop can help you jumpstart your spring planning. We'll also touch on ways to make your yard river-friendlier this winter.

Taught by FMR's former River Stewardship Coordinator Adam Flett, the presentation receives rave reviews from participants, who also appreciate the high-quality and concise take-home materials.

Home lawn and garden practices significantly impact the health of the Mississippi River. In this brief but informative FMR workshop,learn how you can become part of the solution. This workshop takes a how-to approach, suggesting local resources and quickly covering the most relevant information so you can begin taking steps to protect water quality this gardening season. We will discuss:
• ways to provide sidewalk traction in winter, possibly eliminating or reducing salt runoff,
• what needs to be picked up or cleaned from yards in winter to reduce pollution,
• landscaping with native plant species,
• the proper use of lawn fertilizer,
• rain barrels,
• backyard composting,
• soil testing,
• creating a rain garden, and
• additional innovative approaches to managing stormwater.


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If you are certain you would like to and are able to attend this free workshop, click the Eventbrite button and complete the registration form.

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 Native Plants, Raingardens & Lawn Care for Water Quality


Wish you could attend, but unable to make the date?

There will be a few more FMR gardening or landscaping events this year. If you would like to receive notices of these and other FMR events, as well as important river-related news and articles, enter your email in the periwinkle "Mississippi Messages" box at right.

For additional information on watershed-wise practices, see FMR's Landscape for the River page.


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