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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COURTESY OF WELLESLEY NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION Healthy Land, Water, and People { LIMIT chemical pesticides (including grub control, weed killer, fungus treatment, crab grass preventers) and insecticides (including Residents gather to celebrate the creation of the Town of Wellesley's first rain garden at Morses Pond. ant, bee, roach, beetle, aphid killers) Also, if you wash your car at home, wash it on your lawn, not your Protection Agency regulations prohibit manufacturers from making driveway, so that the water can seep into the soil and not run into the pesticide safety claims street and down the drain. Use small amounts of low-phosphate deter- { MAKE a compost bin for leaves, garden debris, and kitchen veg- gent and minimize chemical cleansers, oils, solvents, and other pollu- etable scraps 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 { BEWARE of claims of Òsafe chemicalsÓ Ñ Federal Environmental tants. A good rule of thumb: never dump anything down a storm drain. { MULCH garden and shrubs using materials from your yard such as leaves, pine needles, and chipped brush { REDUCE lawn size in favor of rock and rain gardens { PICK UP after your pet and dispose of their feces in the toilet or trash 132 Conserving water is equally crucial to a sustainable future. According to WestonÕs Town Engineer, Weston is one of the highest per capita water users in Massachusetts, owing primarily to residential irri-

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