River-Friendly Yards: Lawn Fertilizer Workshop and Native Plant Sale

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You can improve water quality in our local rivers starting right in your own backyard. Join us on March 19 in Centreville or April 9 in Chestertown for a Lawn Fertilizer Workshop and Native Plant Sale, where you will hear about fertilizer best practices and have the opportunity to ask local nursery and Master Gardener experts all your lawn care questions.

These events kick off CRA’s River-Friendly Yards campaign, which encourages residents of the Chester River watershed to reduce fertilizer use and incorporate more native plants into landscaping. One large native plant will be raffled off at each workshop, so don’t miss your chance to win a new tree or shrub for your yard while learning what you can do to improve our rivers.

Presentations on the Fertilizer Use Act of 2011, how to reduce and slow runoff on lawns, and ways to incorporate native plants into yards will be included in each workshop event, followed by a question and answer session, raffle, and native plant sale. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy based in Easton, Md. will be partnering with CRA for this River-Friendly Yards series.

The first event will be held on Saturday, March 19 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Centreville branch of the Queen Anne’s County Public Library. In addition to staff from Chester River Association and Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy there will be a representative from Bay-Wise, along with staff from the nurseries at Environmental Concern, Unity Nursery, Kingstown Farm, Home & Garden, and Adkins Arboretum selling native plants and answering questions.

The second event will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Sumner Hall on Queen Street in Chestertown. Staff from CRA will once again be presenting, along with a local Master Gardener. Representatives from Unity Nursery, Kingstown Farm, Home & Garden, and Adkins Arboretum will be participating in the native plant sale, providing educational resources, and answering questions.

For questions or more information contact Emily Harris, eharris@chesterriverassociation.org

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