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Go Green Week Day #3: Eco-Friendly Tips in the Yard

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We’re celebrating Earth Day with environmentally friendly tips all week.  So far we’ve looked at travel tips, and some general tips for around the house.  Today, it’s time to get outdoors, and take a look at some things to take note of when working in the yard!Check back each day for more great tips!

Also be sure to join us this Saturday at NewBo City Market for EcoFest! Learn more Earth friendly tips, while enjoying family fun activities, music, movies, art, and more.

Find out more about EcoFest 2014


Getty Images: Dan Kitwood
Getty Images: Dan Kitwood
 

You might not realize it, but on a pesticide container, the label is the law. Pesticide product labels provide critical safety information for handling and use. Pesticides are powerful substances, but when used according to the label they are safe and effective. So always use pesticides safely, at home or in the field. Always read the label.

 
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Thinkstock: sonyae

Scoop the Poop!

 
 

Don't let pet waste run off! You can help reduce polluted storm water runoff by just picking up your pet's poop and dispose of it properly. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria or organic material to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local waterbodies. So remember - always scoop the poop!

 
Getty Images: Warrick Page
Getty Images: Warrick Page
 

Wait for the storm to pass! Don't fertilize before a rain storm. Your fertilizer - along with your money - can just wash off your lawn and down the storm drain. Fertilizer runoff can pollute rivers, lakes, and bays, and cause problems in recreational areas or fishing grounds. Check the weather forecast before you head out, and wait for the storm to pass.

 
Getty Images: Justin Sullivan
Getty Images: Justin Sullivan
 

Compost helps improve soil so it holds more water and plants grow better. Allow grass clippings to stay on the lawn, instead of bagging them. The cut grass will decompose and return to the soil naturally. Food scraps and kitchen waste also make good compost, and you save money on fertilizers or other additives.

 
Thinkstock: Paul Lampard
Thinkstock: Paul Lampard
 

On unhealthy air pollution "action alert" days, wait to mow your lawn until it's cooler in the evening or early the next morning. You help reduce air pollution for everyone near you if you run gas-powered equipment, like lawn mowers, when it's cooler. You also protect your health by avoiding ground-level ozone during the warmest part of the day.

 

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