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Install a Rain Garden in Your Landscape Seminar

The Alternative Press Staff of Edison

Friday, June 6, 2014 • 12:55pm

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is conducting a free seminar: Installing a Rain Garden in your Landscape.

This seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The seminar will examine an existing rain garden, as well as potential locations and conditions for new gardens, proper plant selection, installation process, materials, and benefits to the local environment.

A rain garden is designed to soak up rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces like rooftops or driveways. This runoff can carry salt, fertilizers, pet waste, pesticides, oil, and other pollutants into nearby waterways. Once in the garden however, this water slowly infiltrates into the ground or is absorbed by plants keeping the waterways safer. It has been estimated that Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30 percent.

“Rain gardens are not only a beautiful addition to a home landscape, but they also perform an important environmental function by reducing flooding and pollution in local rivers and streams,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the county’s Business Development and Education Committee. “I encourage residents to attend this informative seminar.”

“The EARTH Center offers a host of environmental services to the County,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Here, residents don’t only learn about conservation techniques and greener approaches to gardening, but can also purchase soil test kits, pesticide application test manuals, or submit pest and disease samples for evaluation.”

The County’s Extension Office is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the State land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University-New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Registration is required. To register, call 732-398-5275.

Visitors can also find out more about the Center and its events by calling 732-398-5260.

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