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Gardening Tips: Save Water and Money, Do Less Work

Through thoughtful landscaping design and good watering practices, homeowners can save thousands of gallons of water every year and immediately lower their water bills - and all you have to do is less work. Here are some ways:

Tips for Choosing and Maintaining Plants

The key to healthy plants is the soil. Compost is the best bet for most plants and most regions. Create your own compost with a commercial composter, or build your own with a few 2 x 4s. Regular additions of compost will improve all soils, especially those high in clay or sand.

For further guidance on lawns and lawn plantings, refer to Chapter 5.2 of PATH's Site Work Rehab Guide, or read the US Environmental Protection Agency's Green Landscaping with Native Plants.

Content updated on 7/1/2004

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