Great Green Challenge, Week 9: Eco-Friendly Landscaping

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Many of us are ready to get back to planting in the yard, but it's just not time for that yet.

What we can do at home and at work is prepare for eco-friendly landscaping.

First, have a conversation about your sprinkler system. Instead of running on a timer which can waste water when it isn't even needed, our sprinklers run on moisture sensors, so they don't sprinkle during or just after a rain event.

KARE 11 plans on installing a new rain barrel in the next couple weeks. When it is in place, it will be used to collect rain water for the flowers and plants in the KARE 11 Backyard.

Our friends at Linder's say rain water is actually better for your plants than tap water, because it doesn't contain any chlorine, it isn't as hard and its generally warmer.

And when we do get to planting, try native varieties and use mulch. Mulch is a good way to cut down on weeds without using chemicals and it helps the soil retain its moisture.

The Recycling Association of Minnesota has low-cost rain barrels available for order and pickup at several locations across the state. Visit for pricing and locations.

And while you're at it, take the pledge to Rethink Recycling, and join KARE11 in the Great Green Challenge!

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