DON’T FERTILIZE – PLANT A RAIN GARDEN

Fertilizers applied on land can run off directly into Richmond waterways. Too much fertilizer results in too much algae in the water, which can deplete the oxygen fish need to survive. Do your part to reduce the amount of fertilizers and pesticides used on your lawn by planting a rain garden this spring!

RAIN GARDEN 101: THE BASICS

 1. Location is key. Plant your garden in a naturally occurring low spot or under a downspout.

 2. Choose native plants that will grow well in both wet and dry areas.

 3. Use a mix of sand and compost to allow water to soak in rapidly and support healthy plant growth.

 4. Before you start digging, contact your local organization that locates underground utilities.

 5. Check out Rain Garden Network before you begin for a complete step-by-step guide.

Want to do more? Read Our Water to learn about other ways you can protect our waterways and reduce pollution. If you are going to fertilize, please do it in the Fall. 

 

 

sources: raingardennetwork.com and thisoldhouse.com