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Does Your Yard Measure Up?

A “Tennessee Yard Done Right” is beautiful, earth-friendly and saves money.

Through the Home Landscape Workshop, Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods (TYN) helps homeowners create attractive and healthy yards by working with Tennessee’s environment rather than against it.

TYN will host a Home Landscape Workshop in Chattanooga on April 24th and May 1. The six-hour workshop will meet each night from 6-9pm and will be held at the Ag Center on Bonny Oaks.

What’s the payoff for you, the homeowner? A yard that meets your needs, enhances your neighborhood and helps protect Tennessee’s beauty and natural resources. And by conserving resources, you’ll save money on utility bills and long-term yard maintenance. The workshop will provide guidebooks and diagnostic tools like soil tests and rain gauges plus a “yard” stick to help you measure your progress toward a “Tennessee Yard Done Right.”

“The goal of this program is to help communities across the state meet their landscaping needs while also protecting their wealth of natural resources,” said Tom Stebbins. Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods is a University of Tennessee program in partnership with UT Extension, Tennessee Water Resources Research Center.

At the workshop, Stebbins will join Hamilton County Water Qaulity expert Adam Reynolds and master Gardeners in presenting homeowners with knowledge and skills to create eco-friendly landscapes that can save money as well as resources.

The program, based on principles that consider yard care needs of homeowners and their families while also helping to protect the community’s natural surroundings, will offer tips and advice on the following topics:

  • The Land-Water Connection: The importance of water in our community landscape.
  • Nine Steps to a Tennessee Yard Done Right: Principles for an earth-friendly landscape.
  • Turfgrass Management: Proper care and feeding of Tennessee grass varieties.
  • Soils and Mulch: How to give your plants the best chance of survival.
  • Home Stormwater Strategies: Managing the quantity and quality of storm water flowing into and from your yard.
  • Landscape Design Considerations: Plan before you plant; analyzing your site for sun and water.

“Taking time to consider what to plant where can save you money and help the environment,” said Stebbins. “The appropriate tree in the right place can shade your home from hot afternoon sun, saving on energy bills. Or a strategically placed rain garden can be an attractive way to use stormwater runoff to your benefit.”

The seminar offers planting and soil strategies as well as ways to properly irrigate a lawn to reduce your water bill.

The workshop is limited to 25 participants and costs $25 per person or $40 per couple. To register or for more information, contact UT Extension at 855-6113.

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