Saving water is also important

Published 11:35pm Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Conserving water in your landscape does not have to be complicated, but it is so important not only for the plants, but for our good too.

So remember these few things while you’re out in your garden and you’re bound to be successful and save water and energy:

1) Take a deep breath and thank the millions of plants that filter out dust and pollutants. One tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.

2) Shade trees reduce energy consumption by one-third over a year.

3) Plants are an investment. Landscaping adds value to real estate, sometimes up to 15 percent!

4) Plants provide habitat for wild things that share our green spaces.

5) On a hot day, lawns will be 30 degrees cooler than nearby pavement.

6) Roots stabilize soil and control erosion.

7) Vegetation filters pollutants from water flowing toward lakes, streams and rivers.

8) Gardening with gusto offers many of the same health benefits as more traditional forms of exercise.

9) Beautiful landscapes encourage feelings of relaxation and well being as well as intellectual, social and emotional development.

Wow! All that for a little water on you plants a few times a week.

That is why the big blue water tower in Bloch Park states… “The Cheapest Drink in Town!”

I’ve always known it. You try it and see.

Be careful in the heat and celebrate our freedom carefully.




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