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5 Ways to Green Your Yard and Garden

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‘The Lawnmower Man (197/365)’
courtesy of ‘NomadicLass’

You may think that grass and veggies are inherently green, but a new guide tells you how to make yours even greener. If you want to learn more,visit

Steps for Planting
  1. Locate all underground utilities prior to digging.
  2. Identify the trunk flare. …
  3. Dig a shallow, broad planting hole. …
  4. Remove the containers or cut away the wire basket. …
  5. Place the tree at the proper height. …
  6. Straighten the tree in the hole. …
  7. Fill the hole gently, but firmly. …
  8. Stake the tree, if necessary.

The Climate-Friendly Gardener: A Guide to Combating Global Warming from the Ground Up, tells you how to lock carbon dioxide in the soil so it doesn’t heat the atmosphere.

Tree-planting is the process of transplanting tree seedlings, generally for forestry, land reclamation, or landscaping purpose. It differs from the transplantation of larger trees in arboriculture, and from the lower cost but slower and less reliable distribution of tree seeds. Early spring, just as the ground thaws, is the best time plant. Fall can be too late, because trees won’t be able to survive the freezing temperatures that can damage roots and stop moisture from reaching the tree.

“Gardening practices alone won’t solve global warming, but they can move us in the right direction, just like installing super efficient light bulbs and using reusable bags,” said Karen Perry Stillerman, a DC-based senior analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists Food and Environment Program, which released the guide.

Tips include avoiding chemicals and motorized equipment, planting trees and shrubs so they shade your house and block wind, minimizing fertilizer and water use on your lawn, composting, and planting winter crops.

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We Love DC Green: Events Guide

Photo courtesy of
‘Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Pond’
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’

As the first day of summer rapidly approaches and even more rain drops from the sky, our world is turning green. Green with leaves, and with green-related events! Here’s a quick roundup of ways you can enjoy and help the planet in the next two weeks:

Thursday, June 18

Celebrate the Solstice.
7 to 9 p.m., Arlington, Bluemont Park, Wilson Blvd. and N. Manchester St.

Celebrate the year’s longest day with an active evening in the park. Choose from multiple service projects, including invasive plant removal, stream cleanup, neighborhood cleanup, and storm drain marking. Gather afterwards for snacks. Register.

Get Happy.
6 p.m., Arlington, Guarapo (near Courthouse Metro).

Come to what’s billed as HUGE happy hour, with specials on appetizers and drinks. Meet other greenies from CarbonfreeDC and other community groups including the 20’s & 30’s Going Out Group, the Kick A$$ Professionals, the DMV Ladies, NoVa Singles and DC Simplicity.
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