How Does the Garden Grow?

Here are some tips to make your yard more beautiful and better for the environment

Apr 22, 2010 | By Bryan Walsh


Just because something is green doesn't mean it is good for the environment! Take the average American lawn or garden--each drink up water at alarming rates. It is especially bad in the western U.S., where more than half of the water used by homeowners is poured into landscaping. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides can damage the land as well. But xeriscaping (zeer-i-skay-ping), which means "dry landscaping," is becoming more and more popular. "We're getting the message that homeowners aren't interested in environmentally irresponsible things," says Joel Lerner, founder of the landscaping firm Environmental Design, in Maryland. Here’s how you can plant a garden that's green--and good for the environment.

Growing Green

Talk to your parents about having a healthy yard and garden. Click on the red dots for some tips to get your family started.



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