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A Homeowner's Manual for Backyard Conservation

Introduction

As a homeowner, you have ample opportunity to make a difference in your watershed by voluntarily adopting best management practices best management practices in your own home. You can beautify your landscaping cost cost-effectively effectively while mitigating negative impacts on the watershed. Your sense of stewardship stewardship will not only help conserve the natural environment but also cultivate a mindset of conservation in your neighborhood and social circle. This is crucial in order to counter-balance the population and development pressures mounting in your watershed.

This booklet contains tips tips and resources and resources on practices that you can easily adopt for the management of your home and yard. The practices are extremely cost cost-effective effective and we hope you will enjoy implementing them in your own backyard.


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction page 2
Table of Contents page 4
Hilton Run Your Subwatershed page 5
Why Adopt Best Management Practices page 7
Erosion Control and Soil Improvement page 9
Composting page 10
Nutrient Management page 11
Water Conservation page 12
Native Species page 13
Rain Gardens page 14
Mulching page 15
Pest Management page 16
Paved Surfaces Minimization page 17
Additional Resources page 18
Contact Us page 20
Picture Credits page 21

 

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