Meridian -- Getting Smarter by the Yard
Natural Yard Care and Management
Yards are fun, beautiful spaces for relaxing. But in taking care of them, we often use water inefficiently, produce a lot of waste, pollute our surface and ground water, and overuse chemicals that are bad for the environment and our families' health. By working with nature in our yards, we can have a great looking landscape that's easier to care for and be healthier for our families, pets, and wildlife.
Our growing Treasure Valley population will continue to impact the quality and quantity of surface water in local creeks, drains and irrigation ditches, as well as the quantity and quality of our groundwater.
Pollutants such as oil, metals, pesticides and herbicides are washed off developed surfaces and enter our waterways. Impervious surfaces, like roads and buildings, prevent water from being filtered by the soil and cause a greater volume of runoff than natural conditions, causing flooding and erosion.
Incorporating landscaping into a building design and planning a garden appropriate to our climate can help keep pollutants out of our waterways.
Choosing environmentally friendly landscaping that works with nature to grow healthy gardens and lawns is an important step in living green.
There are local resources providing up-to-date information on water-smart landscaping, environmentally astute pest control, composting, and plant and turf selections adapted to Southwest Idaho.
We hope our website provides you the basic information to get you started on the path towards a more natural yard care management program.
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