Grackle Gazette

Parent's Corner                       Section 2

Spring has sprung. This is the time when gardening comes to mind and an opportunity to create some quality time with our children, You can make this time both fun and educational. Along with teaching them the basics of gardening, it's also a good idea to teach them water conservation. The first rule of thumb, is, when planting, is to put plants that require a great deal of water in one spot, saving money by watering one area. Next, add mulch. This conserves water, balances soil temperature, suppresses weed growth and controls water run off, keeping the water where it is intended. Add organic matter; such as peet moss, manure, composted leaves to the soil to help keep soil structure and enhances water retaining. aerate your lawn, don't over water your lawn. If the grass springs up when you walk on it, then it has enough water. If your grass is flat, then it is a signal to re-water. Never water when it's too hot, it will evaporate. If it's windy or rainy, it will carry small particles into the air and direct them away from where you intended it to be. Build a rain barrel. You can go online or to a book store to get information on how to construct. There are many ways you can conserve water and grow healthy, hardy plants while teaching your children the efficient use of water. This will not only be cost effective but kind to the environment.