Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Use the natural resources in your yard to reduce waste through practices like composting.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle module presented by Celeste Scott, Extension Agent in Madison County, TN.

Take these actions and be awarded “Inches” towards your Tennessee Smart Yard:

  • Leave grass clippings on lawn. Value: 2 inches
  • Use composted grass clippings, leaves, pruned plant parts, kitchen scraps to improve soils. Value: 2 inches
  • Locate plants to increase home energy efficiency. (e.g., deciduous trees on southwest of house to provide shade) Value: 2 inches
  • Use landscape waste (tree trimmings, fallen leaves, pine needs, etc.) on site. Value: 2 inches
  • Incorporate salvaged materials into landscaping. (e.g., newspaper in garden to suppress weed growth, repurposed wood for trellis) Value: 2 inches