Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington

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Your garden is your sanctuary. Help create a more eco-friendly, sustainable Port Washington with these tips towards creating a GLORIOUS GARDEN.

1. Take It Easy

By watering your lawn with an inch of water once a week, you can make your grass more drought resistant

Remember…the Port Water District regulations stipulate that even numbered house numbers water their lawns on even days of the month and odd house numbers water on odd days of the month

2. Compost It

Putting compost on your soil protects it from acidity and improves its water retention as well as putting waste to good use. Here are some quick tips:

Good ingredients for your compost include fallen leaves, grass clippings, and weed and plant remains

Food scraps are okay too, but make sure not to put dairy, fat, meat, fish, or bones…this can harm your lawn!

Check out these sites for help with what and how to compost… the Environmental Protection Agency and Cornell University both have great resources

Bayles Garden Center both carries compost bins and related products and offers advice for how you can start composting today

3. Go Natural

Many pesticides remain in trace amounts on plants and vegetables when you eat them. Here are a few safer alternatives:

Insecticidal soaps and certain bacteria are more effective and safer in getting rid of garden pests…you can find them at natural lawn care stores like Bayles Garden Center, Bonavitacola Landscaping, and Shadyside Landscaping

4. Go Native

Make sure to plant native species; other plants could be potentially invasive…make sure the seeds you buy are meant for Hardiness Zone 7

Recycling is a great way to reduce waste and eliminate potentially harmful toxins. Here are a few ways you can JOIN THE CIRCLE.

Tips for Curbside Recycling

  • Mixed paper includes magazines, newspaper, computer paper, and phonebooks
  • Plastics include #1 (PETE), #2 (HDPE Clear and Colored), and juice/milk containers
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Glass
  • Metal, including aluminum foil, rinsed and without labels

Make sure to dispose of batteries, light bulbs, and electronics appropriately to keep potential toxins from leaking into the ground and water:

  • CFLs: All Home Depot and Ikea locations accept used bulbs
  • BATTERIES: For those in laptops, power tools, etc., drop them off at Staples or Whole Foods. Otherwise, check at Radio Shack or Stop & Shop for other types of rechargeables
  • CELL PHONES: Staples, Whole Foods, and the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore all accept old phones
  • COMPUTERS, MONITORS, FAX MACHINES, SPEAKERS, PRINTERS: Staples will recycle your computer accessories for you
  • Click here for more information about recycling batteries and cell phones