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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Green Tips - summer suggestions

As summer comes, here are a few tips from the EPA:

Lawn and Garden
A beautiful and healthy lawn is good for our environment. It can resist damage from weeds, disease, and insect pests.
Here are some tips to follow

  • Develop healthy soil. Make sure your soil has the right pH balance, key nutrients, and good texture. 
  • Choose the right grass for your climate. If your area gets very little rain, don't plant a type of grass that needs a lot of water. 
  • Longer is Better. Make sure the lawn mower blades are sharp. Grass that is slightly long makes a strong, healthy lawn with few pest problems. Weeds have a hard time taking root and growing when grass is around 2½ to 3½ inches for most types of grass.
  • Water Early. It is time to water if footprint impressions stay in the lawn and do not spring back. Water early in the morning and only for short periods for time so the soil may absorb the water. Longer grass has stronger roots and retains water better.
  • Use manual tools. Tools that don't require electric or gasoline engines are especially handy for small yards or small jobs. 

Using and Storing Gasoline
In the summer, lots of portable containers are used to store and transport fuels for lawnmowers, chainsaws and recreational vehicles. These portable containers can emit hydrocarbons; in addition, spills can leak into ground water. Here are some tips to follow to reduce these concerns:

  • Use Proper Containers - Use only containers approved by a nationally recognized testing lab, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). 
  • Store Carefully - Store as little gasoline as possible and be certain to keep your gasoline container properly sealed. 
  • Avoid Spills - Avoid spilling gasoline on the ground, especially near wells. If a small spill occurs use kitty litter, sawdust or an absorbent towel to soak up the spill, then dispose of it properly.
  • Dispose Properly - Do not dispose of gasoline down the drain, into surface water, onto the ground, or in the trash. 

Have a great summer!

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