Spring is here and lots of us are spending time in our outdoor areas getting them ready for new life to grow. Consider these tips when renewing your outdoor space to save money and resources.

 Before buying new plants first check with your neighbors and friends to see if they have any plants to rehome.

New to landscaping? The WVU Extension Service is a great resource for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike. Give them a call so they can help you get started or trouble shot a problem 304-291-7201. Check out their website for all kinds of tips! https://extension.wvu.edu/ 

Planters

Reduce – collect seeds from your favorite plants and start the seedlings in the planters you already have stashed in your garage. This reduces the need to buy new plants in more plastic planters, saves money and plastic waste. Plus, you get to enjoy your plants even longer!

Reuse – Some nurseries will accept plastic plant planters for reuse. But there are restrictions, so check with your favorite nursery to see if they are accepting plastic plant pots.

Recycle -Lowes and home depot will recycle your plastic plant pots in their garden departments.

Soil, mulch, and rock

Reduce – If you need a large amount of material then buying these materials in bulk can cut down on plastic packaging waste and how much you spend on these items.

Reuse – Check with the City Garage or landscaping businesses to see if they have wood chips or material that needs to be taken off their hands.

Recycle -Please DO NOT recycle bags from mulch, soil, rocks, fertilizer or other landscaping materials in the recycling bin. They are considered a Terrible Tangler, and they can introduce contamination to other recyclable material. Please discard packaging with your regular trash.

TIP: Use empty bags as trash bags for outside, a garage, or workshop.

Yard Waste

Grasscycling- check out our blog on grasscycling and how it can reduce what you send to the landfill, and fertilizer needed for a lush looking lawn.

 Composting is a great method to turn food scraps and yard waste into a rich fertilizer for your home landscape. There are several different compost methods to accommodate your home space and food scrap waste composition. The WVU extension website offers a great introduction to pile/hot composting, what is thought as traditional composting. There are several different methods to consider including vermi-composting, bokashi and chicken coop composting. Check out the second link to get a more extension overview about the several different compost methods.

DO NOT put yard waste in your recycling bin. It will contaminate the other recycling, potentially rendering all the recycling trash!