It's time for a little yard appreciation!

Sparkles the Water Spaniel, here! Have you thanked your yard today?

If not, be sure to give it a little thought this Fall. Your yard does a lot more than give your home curb appeal. Your yard and garden are the first line of defense for improving the water quality in our lakes and streams. Rainwater that lands on grassy or plant-dense areas (especially rain gardens) filter through the soil before entering the water table or heading into our rivers and beyond. This means fewer chemicals running off and polluting our watershed.

To help your outdoor spaces be the most effective, remember to test your soil before you add pesticides or fertilizer and to consider leaving the rake in the garage this Fall and mulching your leaves instead! Think about it and spread the word. Friends tell friends about how to Respect our Waters!