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Gardening

America in Bloom - St. Charles: Planting Pride in Our Community

What is America in Bloom – St. Charles?

Residents, and members of local businesses and organizations have joined together to form America in Bloom - St. Charles. The group works together to improve St. Charles through landscaping, environmental, and heritage preservation projects. In the past, the group has entered St. Charles in the America in Bloom national awards program, where St. Charles took home top honors. In 2017, St. Charles won its population category and in 2018 competed and won in the Circle of Champions.

Tree Care: Proper Mulching

Wood Mulch is a good source of nutrients and protection for your tree.  Once a year the mulch should be turned and new mulch added as needed.  Mulch should be applied from the drip line toward the trunk.  If this is not practical, minimum mulch circles should be 1.1 feet for small trees, 3.3 feet for medium trees and 9.9 feet for large trees.  As beneficial as mulch is, too much can be harmful.  The recommended mulching depth is 2 to 4 inches.  Mulch should not be piled up around the base or against the trunk of trees.  This is called a "mulch volcano".

Conservation @ Home

OUTSIDE THE HOUSE

Native Plants, Butterfly and Rain Gardens

The Conservation Foundation's Conservation@Home is a homeowner education and watershed protection program that encourages and recognizes property owners that protect and/or create yards that are environmentally friendly and conserve water.