Backyard Conservation Workship Series

by Erika Brooks on February 14, 2013 at 6:31 am

The Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District wants to help the county’s residents learn more about proper landscaping and lawn chemicals.

As a part of their backyard conservation workshop series the organization is hosting a free event to teach the public about using landscaping to attract wildlife and the proper use of chemicals.

"We do a monthly backyard conservation workshop here in the office, this is kind of a new topic, we’ve done backyard conservation workshops before for wildlife but this has a different component to kind of give you alternatives to just using traditional pesticides or chemicals in your yard," said Education and WIldlife Specialist, Nicole Hafer.

The event was established to find a solution to the problem with water quality due to the chemicals used in yards. Hafer says this will show people there are alternatives to using chemicals.

"If you just plant the right type of plants and native plants and plants that encourage pollinators and the beneficial insects a lot of times you don’t even need the pesticides, fertilizer and also a lot of that runoff gets into especially in the urban areas, gets into our storm drains and that can have an effect on both your surface and ground waters."

The event will take place on Wednesday, February 20th from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Soil and Water Conservation District Office on Underwood Street, to RSVP call 740-454-2027