GreenTip: Extra green gardens

Lush, green gardens abound in the Tri-Cities this time of year. Make your garden even greener with these tips from the Environmental Protection Agency:

-- Shred untreated wood and leaf waste for use as mulch on garden beds — it prevents weeds, keeps moisture in, regulates soil temperature and adds nutrients back to the soil.

-- Give lawnmowers and other equipment regular maintenance to keep them operating efficiently. Use manual tools when appropriate to cut down on emissions.

-- Leave grass a little longer in the summer to keep roots shaded and cooler. Clippings can be left on the lawn to return nutrients to soil.

-- Save plastic milk jugs and cut off the bottoms to protect seedlings from wind, heavy rain and frost.

-- Water during cooler parts of the day to avoid evaporation.

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Questions? Comments? Got your own tip to share? Contact Ingrid Stegemoeller: 582-1537;