Landscaping Tips to
Protect Water Quality
Start with a landscape design that is environmentally sound, low maintenance, aesthetically pleasing and functional.
Select hardy plants that are relatively pest-free and suited to your site
consider soil type and condition, drainage, light, moisture needs and ultimate plant size. Select varieties approved for USDA plant hardiness zone four.
Consider reducing the amount of maintained lawn area while increasing naturalized landscape areas
Once established, naturalized landscape areas require less time and money to maintain; reduce the need for mowing, pest control and fertilizers and attract wildlife.
Mulch flower beds, shrubs and trees
Use ground covers or organic mulches, shredded wood and compost to help retain moisture, reduce weeds and prevent erosion.