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Cleaning up the garden

by Joe Michaels

kgw.com

Posted on March 10, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:35 PM

As spring-like temperatures continue to tease our senses, your urge to get out in the garden may grow. And if you do, there are some easy ways that you can "green" your gardening hobby.
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One thing to consider - fertilizers can wreak havoc on the environment. Nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer often end up in our surface water, like rivers, lakes, and streams. And once it gets there, it can help steal oxygen from that water, and lead to fish kills. Nitrogen can also get into our drinking water, and pose health problems for some.

One alternative is to use compost to give your garden the nutrients it may need. It's a natural solution to the fertilizer concern.

Another thing to do - water your garden sparingly. Of course, over-watering can be a waste of water - and your plants may not like all the excess water, either.

And if you're in the market for lawn furniture - buy recycled lawn furniture. Some companies actually make lawn furniture that is made from 100% recycled materials.

Have fun working that green thumb. I'm planning on planting a few new things myself - if the weather holds out. =)

Joe

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