Rye Healthy Yard Program
All photos are of Rye residents' natural and organic yards.
What is the Rye Healthy Yard Program?
Rye Healthy Yard Committee
- Sabine Borgogni
- Sue Drouin
- Lori Fontanes (Co-Chair)
- Elizabeth Garrett (Co-Chair)
- Sara Goddard
- Maria Guarnieri
- Emily Hurd (Rye City Council)
- Taro Ietaka (Rye Nature Center)
- Amy Kesavan
- Colleen Margiloff
- Danielle Tagger-Epstein (Rye City Council)
Why Do We Need Healthy Yards?
Our yards are an important part of our homes where we spend time with children, friends and pets. They can be beautiful showcases, but how we achieve that beauty can have a profound effect on our family and our natural surroundings. Creating a healthy yard is not just good for us; it’s good for all living things in our area.
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◆ Good for the community: Rye is home to many families; young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of chemicals and other pollution.
◆ Good for the environment: As part of the Blind Brook Watershed, our storm water directly impacts an important estuary that supports all kinds of wildlife.
◆ Good for your wallet: Natural yard care can be less expensive than conventional yard care. Get off the spray & pay treadmill and buy only what you need, when you need it.
Turn Your Yard Into A Healthy Yard
◆ Landscape with native plants. Select species that t the sun, soil and water conditions in your yard. Healthy yards are complex systems that support people, plants and animals.
◆ Healthy soil means healthy plants that can withstand pests and disease.Consider testing your soil to learn what you may need to improve it.
◆ Water your lawn deeply when needed and at the right time of day.Use mulch and compost to help retain moisture and add nutrients to your garden beds.
◆ In most cases, you don’t need chemicals to grow a beautiful garden. Avoid routine use of herbicides and fertilizers. Identify problems, then choose the least toxic solution.
◆ Start now. There are many ways to achieve a thriving, natural garden but it starts with deciding to take action. Redefine perfection: A healthy yard is a beautiful yard.
Three Easy Steps to Take Today
Ask your lawn care professional to switch to organic or natural gardening techniques.
If you enjoy doing your own gardening, consult our website for tips and strategies.
Take the healthy yard pledge and help spread the word!
- Compost Presentation by Taro Ietaka, Director of Conservation and Land Stewardship, Rye Nature Center
- Compost Bin Types
- Vermicomposting Facts
- Red Wiggler Worm Facts
- Carbon to Nitrogen Ratios for Composting
11/17/16 Healthy Yard Awards Ceremony
These sites contain more information and tips about healthy gardening and landscaping practices:
- "How to Talk to Your Lawn-Care Professional," Little Garden Club of Rye
- Wild Ones Organization
- Rye Garden Club
- DEC Organic Landscaping Pamphlet
- USDA Organic Lawn Care Tips
- Grassroots Environmental Education - Organic Lawns
- National Wildlife Federation - Organic Gardening
- USDA Guide for finding local plants
- Plant Invaders of the Mid-Atlantic - Guide