Tips for a Healthy Yard This Spring
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Signs of spring are slowly appearing, and soon lush landscapes will emerge in full force! We are sending you a few tips to prepare for spring, keeping good stewardship of our land and water top of mind. We also list some great water/land events coming up in our area.

From the Bedford 2020 Water & Land Use Task Force
​Use More Native Plants

Native plants require very little care and no chemicals once they are established. They provide food and shelter for birds and butterflies. And, they are beautiful!
Get your plants and garden tips at the Native Plant Center

Pre-order Plants by February 16th
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Buy Plants at the Native Plant Sale April 30th
17th Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10 am–1 pm
At Westchester Community College (Park in Visitor Lot #1)

Learn more at the Spring Landscape Conference March 14th (see below for more information)
Think Healthy Gardens, Healthy Water
Click here to take the Great Healthy Yard Pledge which asks you to protect our water resources by abstaining from using toxic chemicals on your yard and disposing of pharmaceuticals properly.
Get your neighbors to pledge, too because water is a shared resource!  Forward to a Friend
Start Off Spring With A Soil Test
Have a soil test done, particularly if your lawn or garden has problem areas, to get your yard off to a healthy start, naturally!

Then replace only the nutrients that are missing with certified organic soil amendments or compost once the soil temperature warms up to 65 degrees.
Best place for a soil test is Cornell Cooperative Extension. They interpret the profile that comes back from the lab so you know what needs to be done to balance your soil.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County Horticulture and the Environment Program facilitates soil nutrient and other soil testing services through off-site university lab testing. Contact the office for additional soil testing needs at 914-285-4640 or email
Area Land & Water Events
Learn more about Native Plants
Native Plant Center Spring Landscape Conference
Inspired by Nature: Designing with Native Plants
Monday, March 14, 2016, 8:30 am–3 pm (Snow date: Friday, March 18)
At the Gateway Center, Westchester Community College
Click here for detailed information and to register.
Organic Garden Class
Planning the Organic Vegetable Garden
March 16, 2016  6:00 pm–7:30 pm 
At John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay Street (Route 22), Katonah.
Join horticulturist and seed conservationist Shanyn Siegel as she takes you through an entire gardening season with interactive classes designed to help you hone—or discover—your garden skills. Classes explore every topic a vegetable gardener might be interested in and offer practical advice on how to easily maintain a bountiful kitchen garden. Advance registration required; $35 per class, discounts for multiple-class or early registration. Click here for class details and for registration information.
Get involved in conservation 
Careers and Opportunities for Community Conservationists
Saturday, February 27th 6-8pm
1361 Old Post Rd. (Rt 121) Pound Ridge Land Conservancy, Armstrong Education Center

Connect with rewarding internships, volunteer opportunities, and citizen science projects that make our community and world a better place. Find out where to record your wildlife sightings, where and how to lend a green thumb, or how you can support an aspiring young environmentalist in creative projects, networks and learning. For more information and to register, call 914-205-3533 or email Last minute attendees welcome.
Take a Water Tour
Source to Sound Watershed Tour
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
​Meet at the Mianus River Gorge parking lot, across from 167 Mianus River Rd, Bedford

Take a closer look at where our household water comes from and what it takes to make sure it’s clean. RSVP to or (914) 234-3455
Please forward to people you know who care about protecting our land and water 
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