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If you own land or your own home, you have an opportunity to help streams, whether your property is on a waterfront or in the middle of a suburban neighborhood.

Landscape your yard with contours and patches of vegetation that will retard the flow of runoff from your property. Use plants that require little watering, fertilizer, or pesticides. Native species are a great choice. They are beautiful, easy to maintain, and attract beneficial insects and birds that eat garden pests.

Minimize the amount of sod that you have. Instead, plant native grasses, wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs. Manage what lawn you do have in ways that reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides. For ideas, visit GreenGuardian.com www.greenguardian.com
or the MN DNR Stewardship in your backyard website www.dnr.state.mn.us/backyard.

J. Drake Hamilton
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