Several tips on Earth-friendly gardening



While daydreaming of working in the garden, here are a few gardening tips to consider.

• Plant shade trees on the southwest side of your home to lower cooling costs in the summer

• Plant tall evergreens on the north side to cut winter heating costs

• Add mulch to gardens to reduce water consumption

• Install rain barrels at the downspouts for use on non-edibles

• Kill weeds in cement and sidewalk cracks with full strength white vinegar

• Set the mower height to three inches. Better yet, use an oldfashioned push mower

• Install a timer on soaker hoses

• Use solar-powered outdoor lighting

Jo Bjerke is a master gardener. She lives in Virginia, MN.

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