Healthy Yards for Clear Streams 2020
Oftentimes, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of water pollution as those chemicals or untreated sewage coming out the end of a pipe and into a stream or river. But, there is another source of water pollution. As runoff from rainfall, excessive irrigation, or snow melt moves across the landscape, it can pick up and carry away not only soil, but fertilizers and pesticides. Some of these chemicals are finding their way to our streams and lakes.
You can make a difference! And Healthy Yards for Clear Streams will show you how. By implementing the practices learned in this program, you will be able to reduce your annual use of fertilizers and pesticides needed to maintain your landscape, and prevent what chemicals you do apply from entering your local waterways. The end result is a beautiful yard that also helps protect water quality.
While the contribution from your individual yard may seem small, the effects you can have on those around you can really add up. And in so doing, protect our streams, our communities and our children’s future.
The program is a series of seven live sessions, presented virtually through Zoom, every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:20-8:10 pm beginning Monday, May 18. Of course, we will NOT meet Memorial Day Monday (May 25). Here is the session schedule:
Monday, May 18 - Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants
Thursday, May 21 - Right Plant, Right Place
Monday, May 25 - NO CLASS (Memorial Day)
Thursday, May 28 - Basic Lawn Care
Monday, June 1 - Gardens & Ground Covers
Thursday, June 4 - Basic Tree Care
Monday, June 8 - Integrated Pest Management
Thursday, June 11 - Sustainable Landscaping
And now, a brief description of each session.
Session 1 - Healthy Soils for Healthy Plants. In this session, you gain an appreciation for the important role healthy soils plant in maintaining healthy plants and streams; understand the basic features of your property’s soil profile; learn how to collect a soil sample and interpret test results; and ways you can improve your soil.
Session 2 - Right Plant, Right Place. Here you will learn how to choose the appropriate plant species for your particular landscape; six major considerations when selecting the right plant for the right place; and the major principles of xeriscaping; and sources available for helping you choose the right plant for the right place.
Session 3 - Basic Lawn Care. This session will help you understand how good lawn care techniques reduce non-point source pollution; identify the what, when, and how of establishing a lawn; understand the importance of cultural practices in maintaining a healthy yard and be able to implement them in your own lawn care routine; and draw connections between common lawn management missteps and pest potential.
Session 4 - Gardens & Ground Covers. Here you will learn the differences among vegetable gardens, flower beds and ground covers; and best management practices to help you keep the soil in place and reduce chemical usage in each of these areas.
Session 5 - Basic Tree Care. Trees can play a big role in their canopies intercepting rainfall, and their root systems drying out wet soils and trapping chemicals. In this session you will learn how to properly plant a tree; care for a young tree; and care for a mature tree.
Session 6 - Integrated Pest Management. This session will show you how to identify major contributors to poor plant health; describe methods of prevention and management for each of the three types of pest problems; and explain the principles of good stewardship when using pesticides.
Session 7 - Sustainable Landscaping. In this last session, you will learn how you can reduce the amount of rainfall run-off from your property by harvesting rainwater from your roof and yard; using permeable pavements;and learning some basic facts related to riparian buffers
Meet Your Course Facilitators
Horticulture, MU Extension
Gardens & Ground Covers - Presenter
Dr. Hank Stelzer