WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Healthy Land, Water, and People Aquifers are vital natural resources for drinking water supply, and their Strategies include pulling weeds when the soil is damp and weeds "recharge areas" must be protected from contamination or actions that small, mowing repeatedly, cutting down woody plants after each flush prevent the downward movement of water into the aquifer. of growth to starve the plant, mulching with more than four inches of On Wellesley's town land, pesticide use is restricted to emergency weed-free mulch, covering with clear plastic sheeting to cook plants, situations only, such as the elimination of ground-nesting hornet and and pouring boiling water over roots. Be patient: an organic lawn can wasps in areas where children play. When the town needed to arrest take up to three years to fully establish. the spread of invasive oriental bittersweet, poison ivy, and wild grape goats – an environmentally friendly method of invasive species man- Eco-Friendly Property Checklist { PLANT more pest- and drought-resistant native species on your agement that is growing in popularity. Ursula King, vice chairwoman property of the town's Natural Resources Commission, spearheaded the effort { PRESERVE existing plants that attract native fauna, such as oak, black and reported, "We just thought it was a more ecologically sound solu- cherry, crabapple, blueberries, huckleberries, wild roses, red cedar, tion." The NRC hired Goat Girls from Amherst, Massachusetts to elderberry, shrubby dogwood, goldenrod, aster, sedges, and grasses bring their "browsing beauties" Dan, Midnight, Autumn, Morningstar, { HAVE A PROFESSIONAL check the pH of your soil; add lime if it is Crumpet, and Tumbleweed for three eight-hour days to devour inva- below 6.0 and gardener's sulfur if it is above 7.0 from overtaking the Boulder Brook Reservation, the NRC turned to sive weeds and vines in a 1,500-square-foot area. You do not need to choose between an environmentally friendly and an attractive property. { MIX compost into the soil to improve water retention { MOW HIGH — about three inches — to encourage dense growth and deter weeds While bringing goats onto your property is not likely a feasible solu- { MOW with sharp blades { SPREAD lawn clippings over the lawn and lessen the need for fertilizer { CHOOSE corn gluten and organic fertilizer instead of "Weed and tion, there are many ways you can adopt sustainable practices that will Feed" products make your lawn and gardens thrive. Natural weed control is one of the "….Pollution from stormwater runoff containing We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals from private landscape management practices, as well as oil and grease, [are] the greatest threats to water quality." – We l l e s l e y N R C 130 LUCKYDOOR | DREAMSTIME.COM toughest challenges of sustainable lawn care, but not impossible.

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