11th Annual Better Lawns and Gutters Tour Set for Sunday, June 19
June 10, 2005
This year’s Better Lawns and Gutters Tour features eight Madison eastside residences that exemplify a variety of low-maintenance lawn and garden practices that reduce stormwater runoff and the amount of nutrients, chemicals and other pollutants that are carried from our lawns, gutters and streets into our lakes and streams.
Each site presents alternatives to traditional turf lawns, such as planting deep-rooted native species. Natives hold soil better and help infiltration, which reduces storm water runoff. Installing a rain barrel conserves roof water runoff, reduces groundwater use and provides a tap-water alternative that’s better for watering outdoor plants.
“The tour shows how people can make small changes around their home that will have a cumulative positive impact on our lakes,” said Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.
Visitors can take the tour between noon and 4:00 p.m., and begin at any of the eight sites or at the Information Center, located at Bethesda Church, 3245 E Washington Avenue. Tour site homeowners will be available to discuss the details of their lawn and garden creations.
The Tour sites are located at:
3137 James Street
232 S. Fair Oaks Avenue
3362 Ridgeway Avenue
406 North Street
3437 Hargrove Street
1443 Spaight Street
Carpenter Street Park and Carpenter-Ridgeway Park
The tour is part of Yahara Lakes Week, an annual series of free events that focus on Dane County waters.
Visit www.danewaters.com or call 608-224-3764 for more information about Yahara Lakes Week events and the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission.
Sue Jones, Watershed Management Coordinator, 224-3764
Diane Walder, 442-7248
Land & Water Resources