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SUNY-ESF Offers Tips for Gardeners


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - As Central New York gardeners move from dreaming of digging in the dirt to actually getting their fingers muddy, three publications from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) offer some helpful information.

image of flower and butterfly"Home Landscapes for Environmental Sensitivity" tells gardeners about developing "natural landscaping" around their homes. Natural landscaping follows principles based on local climate and ecology, and uses plants and other materials adapted to local conditions. The pamphlet lists a number of elements, such as climate, soil and light, that should be considered before landscaping is begun.

"Soil pH: What It Means," contains information about the effect of pH on nutrients, minerals and growth. The pamphlet also informs gardeners about how soil pH can change.

"Ecology of Compost" is a booklet that tells readers how to use a compost system to enhance their backyard's environmental community. The booklet contains tips about how to construct a compost pile and different materials to use for energy and nutrients. It also discusses the different organisms found in a compost pile and ways to guard against pests.

To obtain one free copy of the "Home Landscapes for Environmental Sensitivity" or "Soil pH: What It Means" pamphlet, individuals must send a stamped, self-addressed envelope along with a letter of request to: Office of News and Publications, SUNY-ESF, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210-2778, or visit www.esf.edu/pubprog/ to find this and other information in the "Environmental Information Series".

School groups or other nonprofit organizations may receive a maximum of 20 copies of the brochure for use in classes by writing a letter of request on official school district or organization stationery.

Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the compost booklet should send $1 plus tax ($1.07 total) to the Office of News and Publications at the address above.