Go green in your lawn and garden this spring

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Spring is a season of rejuvenation. As the cold days of winter drift away, spring blooms begin to sprout and grass regains its lush green look.

Gardening enthusiasts can find a way to make spring even more green by embracing several eco-friendly gardening practices as they bring their lawns and gardens back to life in the months to come.

· Create a compost pile. Composting is an eco-friendly way to enrich lawns and gardens. Composting can dramatically reduce the amount of waste homeowners ultimately send to landfills.

· Replace gas-powered mowers with reel lawn mowers. Reel mowers may seem like relics from simpler times, but today's reel mowers, while just as eco-friendly as their predecessors, are unlike those of yesteryear. Reel mowers are fuel-free and less expensive than gas-powered mowers.

· Water at the right times of the day. Homeowners who water their lawns and gardens at the right time of day can help the planet and reduce their energy bills. Early morning watering before the sun reaches its midday peak and/or evening watering as the sun is setting are typically great times to water lawns and gardens, rather than when temperatures are at their hottest.

· Use a rain barrel. Rain barrels provide another great way to conserve water while tending to lawns and gardens. Many homeowners can use water from rain barrels to water their lawns, gardens and houseplants, saving money on their water bills along the way.

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