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Where can I find information about gardening and lawn care for my home?

The following general gardening resources include documents and brochures that can be viewed and downloaded directly from the Internet.


Be a Grower, Not a Mower:
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/f96018.pdf (PDF, 6pp., 574 KB, About PDF )

Greenscaping Your Lawn and Garden:
http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/pdfs/home-gs.pdf (PDF, 8pp., 1.6 MB, About PDF )

Greenscaping: the Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard:
http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/Publications/catalog/greenscaping.pdf (PDF, 16pp., 2.06 MB, About PDF)

Healthy Lawn, Healthy Environment: Caring for Your Lawn in an Environmentally Friendly Way:
http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/Publications/lawncare.pdf (PDF, 19pp., 5.4 MB, About PDF )

Water Efficient Landscaping: Preventing Pollution & Using Resources Wisely:
http://www.epa.gov/watersense/docs/water-efficient_landscaping_508.pdf (PDF, 19pp., 1600 KB, About PDF )

Your Yard and Clean Air:
http://www.epa.gov/OMS/consumer/19-yard.pdf (PDF, 2pp., 16KB, About PDF )

For information about ordering free copies of publications, please go to end of this page.

Web sites:

Greenscapes: Homeowners:

Beneficial Lawn Care and Chemical Management:

Mid-Atlantic Region Green Landscaping:

Pesticides: Controlling Pests: Lawn and Garden:

Wastes: Tips for a Waste-Free Lawn and Garden:

Other gardening resources:

USDA - Home Gardening

USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service: Backyard Conservation

U.S. National Arboretum Gardening page
commonly asked questions and answers on gardening, pest management, and more

The USDA National Agricultural Library (NAL) has many resources on natural pest management for gardens. You can submit your question to the Ask a Question service for referrals to more information.

NAL - Ask a Question
By phone: 301-504-5755 (NAL) / 202-720-3434 (DCRC)
By fax: 301-504-6110 (NAL) / 202-720-0342 (DCRC)

Many universities have cooperative agricultural extensions with information about gardening specific to your region or area. You can locate your local extension office through the interactive map at this United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) site:

University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service - Organic Vegetable Gardening Techniques
http://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/agguides/hort/g06220.pdf (PDF, 6 pp., About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer


"Xeriscaping, creative landscaping for decreased water, energy, and pesticide/fertilizer inputs, can be used to reduce urban runoff and minimize the application of lawn care products that may adversely impact coastal waters. The use of xeriscaping practices can reduce required lawn maintenance up to 50 percent and reduce watering requirements by 60 percent (Clemson University, 1991)."

More information on xeriscaping is available at these Web sites:

Greening EPA: Top 10 Water Management Techniques

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle): Xeriscaping 
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/Xeriscaping/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

City of Albuquerque: What is Xeriscape?
http://www.abcwua.org/content/view/73/63/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

Xeriscape Landscaping: Preventing Pollution and Using Resources Wisely
Brochure. 1993. Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA 840-B-93-001.

Native Plants:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Native Plant Information Network
http://www.wildflower.org/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

For more information on native plants in your area, or assistance with gardening questions, you may want to contact your local agricultural cooperative extension. Again, you can locate your local extension office through the interactive map at this United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) site:

To order additional free copies of EPA publications, you may contact the EPA National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP):

Search for publications and place orders online at http://www.epa.gov/nscep/

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External Links Disclaimer: Please be aware that links to non-EPA sites do not imply any official EPA endorsement. Furthermore, EPA does not accept any responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data or products presented at those locations, or guarantee the validity of the information provided. EPA does not guarantee the suitability of the information for any specific purpose.



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  • Topic #: 23002-24048
  • Date Created: 10/25/2004
  • Last Modified Since: 2/5/2014
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