World Water Day: Environmentally-friendly lawn maintenance

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Ashleigh Lemon from Scotts Miracle-Gro joins 10TV's Karina Nova and Ross Caruso to talk about what World Water Day is and ways we can all do our part as we get our lawns and greenspaces ready for spring.

What is World Water Day is and why is water conservation important?

World Water Day is observed each year on March 22 to promote the responsible use of water and access to safe water for everyone. This annual event focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, which is a limited resource.

What is water runoff and what can homeowners do prevent it?

When rain or snow falls onto the earth, it just doesn't sit there, it starts moving according to the laws of gravity. A portion of the precipitation seeps into the ground to replenish Earth's groundwater. The portion that isn’t absorbed into the ground flows downhill as runoff. Runoff is extremely important in that not only does it keep rivers and lakes full of water, but it also changes the landscape by the action of erosion. We can do our part by sensibly managing grass, tree, shrubs and flowering plants that make up our living landscapes, especially around water usage.

Here are some great backyard tips, techniques and tactics to help you do your part for lawns and the planet:

Feed Right Feed your lawn what it needs, when it needs it whenever grass is actively growing. Here's how to properly feed a healthy, environmentally friendly lawn:

· When possible, choose a phosphorus-free fertilizer.

· Always follow fertilizer label directions.

· Do not over apply.

· Only apply lawn food when rainfall is not expected within 24 hours of application to prevent fertilizer from washing away or leaching into groundwater.

Spread Smartly

· Use a broadcast spreader with a side deflector, like the EdgeGuard to direct lawn products away from driveways and waterways toward your lawn.

· Apply the right amount of lawn food with a broadcast spreader featuring EdgeGuard. It helps keep fertilizer on the lawn and off hard surfaces where they can be washed away.

Water Wisely

Water only when lawn truly needs it and use rainwater whenever possible. It’s important that we all do what we can to keep rainwater on our property, which helps keep pollutants out of waterways.

Micro-drip irrigation systems are a tool to help your conservation efforts. There are watering solutions out there that offer nearly endless watering combinations from containers to in-ground gardens.

· Potted Drip Kits help reduce over or under watering by delivering water where plants need it most

· A Garden Sprayer Kit is an arrangement of adjustable sprayer heads that makes sure all of your plants are covered all season long.

· Finally, a Garden Sprinkler Kit is uniquely designed to specifically for gardens to deliver water where your plants need it.