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News to Use Podcast: May 18, 2011


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Learn about rain barrels, the 12th annual Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk and the proper way, and time, to fertilize your lawn. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

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News to Use Podcast: May 18, 2011

  1. 1. News to Use Podcast<br />May 18, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />May 18, 2011:<br />Rain barrels.<br />12th annual Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk.<br />Fertilizing your lawn.<br />
  3. 3. Rain Barrels<br />Having a rain barrel or multiple rain barrels attached to your down spouts is a practical way to conserve and reuse water and prevent water pollution. <br />Rain barrels are easy to install.<br />
  4. 4. Rain Barrels<br />Hold 55 gallons of water.<br />Save money on your water bill.<br />Provide a source of non-chlorinated water for re-use on your lawn or garden.<br />Prevent polluted stormwater runoff from entering streams.<br />Help recharge ground water naturally.<br />
  5. 5. Rain Barrels<br />Improve water quality byreducing stormwaterrunoffthat flows from your roof (asource of water pollution).<br />Prevent pollution that damages the Chesapeake Bay.<br />To learn more: <br />
  6. 6. Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk<br />Sign up now for the 12th annual Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 25,at8:30 a.m. <br />The run/walk will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center and is sponsored by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board  <br />
  7. 7. Tim Harmon 5K Run/Walk<br />Raise awareness about substance abuse and Hepatitis C, raise funds to help people served by the CSB and honor the memory of Tim Harmon.<br />Registration is $20 before June 11; $25 after. <br />Contact Peggy Cook at 703-383-8441 or visit <br />
  8. 8. Fertilizing Your Lawn<br />More fertilizer is NOT better.<br />Gardeners waste money and injure their plants with too much or too many applications of fertilizer. <br />Excess fertilizer washes off lawns and sidewalks into storm drains and streams and is a major source of water pollution.<br />
  9. 9. Fertilizing Your Lawn<br />The best way to determine if your lawn needs fertilizer is to test your soil. Soil test kits are available for about $10 from public libraries.<br />Information on soil testing is available from your Fairfax County Virginia Cooperative Extension.<br />
  10. 10. Fertilizing Your Lawn<br />Apply fertilizer during the first two weeks in September; or between the last mowing and Thanksgiving.<br />Look for fertilizers with high levels of water insoluble nitrogen.<br />Never apply more than one pound of soluble nitrogen per 1,000 square feet at one time.<br />
  11. 11. Fertilizing Your Lawn<br />Never fertilize when the grass is dormant or brown.<br />Keep fertilizer off your sidewalks and driveways.<br />Use a decomposed organic mulch or compost around plantings as a non-chemical fertilizer.<br />
  12. 12. Fertilizing Your Lawn<br />For a free copy of “A Virginian’s Guide to Yard Care,” call 703-324-1460. <br />For more information contact the Master Gardener at the Virginia Cooperative Extension at 703-324-8556 or email<br />
  13. 13. Additional Information<br /><br /><br /><br />703-FAIRFAX (324-7329). <br />