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BUILD A HEALTHY YARD

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STEP 1: REDUCE PESTICIDE & HERBICIDE USE

Pesticides are a major factor in the decline of insect and bird populations worldwide! These products are often unnecessary, unhealthy and unsafe! Try these more eco-friendly steps:

  • Pull weeds by hand or prune.
  • Plant beneficial plants that attract beneficial insects (that eat nuisance insects) or repel them.
  • If necessary use ONLY organic products ( with OMRI certification)

STEP 2: RETHINK YOUR LAWN

Traditional lawns are virtual deserts, providing no resources for nature and, when laden with chemicals becomes a graveyard for biodiversity. Small steps can make a big difference:

  • Reduce the size of your lawn (Plant trees, native neds and ground cover in shady areas).
  • Water less ( longer roots = healthier grass).
  • Mow higher, leave clippings in place and mulch leaves in fall
  • Use a licensed landscaper that follows eco-practices
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STEP 3: PLANT NATIVE PLANTS

Native plants are an important part of the food web which sustain native insects, birds and mammals.

  • Top 3 native trees: oak, cherry and willow.
  • Top 3 native plants: goldenrod, aster and mountain mint.
  • Top 3 native shrubs: arrowroot, cherry and serviceberry.

STEP 4: JOIN RYE BROOK HEALTHY YARDS!

Fill out the healthy yards pledge below and receive your own healthy yard sign to display!

Healthy Yard Sign

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  • Name * Required
  • Address * Required
  • I truthfully attest that I: * Required
  • Furthermore, I employ at least 3 of the 5 following environmentally-friendly landscaping practices (check all that apply): * Required
  • Would you like a Healthy Yard sign for your lawn? (free for a limited time) * Required
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