Celebrate Texas Native Plant Week!

October 18-24 is Texas Native Plant Week. Celebrate by planting native varieties! Fall is the best time to place many native plants in your garden. Native plants are beautiful and hardy, Galveston Bay- and wildlife-friendly, and can save you money in the long-run! Click on the links to learn more: Native Plant Society of Texas […]

Go Organic in Your Yard

Go organic in your yard to keep it healthy and use less water, fertilizer and pesticides. Going organic can save you money in the long run, keep toxic chemicals out of the neighborhood environment and out of our waterways and Galveston Bay. If you fertilize, be sure to try an organic alternative. See Five Tips […]

Outdoor Watering – Timing Matters!

The rains have shut off and your yard is stating to get crispy again.  To save water and money, don’t water in the heat of the day when much of what comes out of your sprinkler is lost to evaporation.  Instead, water in the early morning hours so more of that water makes it into […]

Have a Greener 4th of July!

We hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July. And we hope you can take some simple steps to make this 4th and other holidays easier on Galveston Bay and our little planet. You can use many of these holiday tips everyday, such as using less disposable dinnerware and packaging or cleaning and […]

Mulch Saves Time, Money & Helps the Environment!

Want to protect your plants from the summer heat, save water, reduce weeds, AND help the environment at the same time? Then place mulch around trees and shrubs, in flower gardens, and in vegetable gardens! Shredded pine bark mulch and native hardwood mulches are good choices. A layer of mulch reduces weeds and keeps soil […]

Don’t Mow Too Low… and save your lawn, the environment and your money!

Here are some lawn maintenance tips that will keep your lawn healthy, help the environment, and save you money at the same time: First, do not mow your grass too low. Grass that is mowed at the proper height has a healthier root system and uses less water than a lawn that is cut close […]

Green Spring Cleaning and Pest Control

Keep yourself, your family, your pets and the environment safe by using less toxic cleansers and pesticides in your home. Lower your exposure to potential toxic compounds by using common household items like baking soda and vinegar to make cleansers for kitchen, bathroom and more. And be sure to try the more natural pesticides!  Click […]

Have a Green Spring Break!

If you are staying close to home for Spring Break, take your family to one or more of our many wonderful local nature centers, preserves, state and local parks, or wildlife refuges. Or, when was the last time you took your kids fishing? We know some spots!  Even if you don’t have younger ones in […]

Don’t Add Mulch Until Your Perennial Plants are Up!

It’s a great idea to add mulch to your flower beds and around trees and shrubs. Mulch conserves water and moderates soil temperatures. But if you are thinking of adding a new layer, wait until your perennial plants have sprouted back up. For more information, see: National Wildlife Federation’s Garden in an Environmentally Friendly Way […]

Cleaning Your Drains after the Holidays… The Green Way

Holiday cooking may have left you with clogged or foul-smelling drains. Extra grease and oils may be part of the cause. Try a natural cleaner, using ingredients such as baking powder, vinegar and salt to keep your drains clean and prevent sewers from overflowing into Galveston Bay waterways. Click on Howstuffworks.com’s How to Unclog a […]