Most lawns only need two to three cm of water each week. If your grass springs back after you step on it, it doesn’t need water. It’s much better to “water a little a lot” rather than “water a lot a little”. A good soaking (2-3 cm (1″)) once a week is usually enough for lawns and gardens. Place an small empty tin can where you are watering and move to another location when the can is 1″ full.

Many products that companies market as “green” by using terms such as “biodegradable”, “eco-friendly” and “non-toxic” on their labels are “greenwashing”. They market their products as “green” when they are not properly certified. A 2009 report by TerraChoice, a non-profit environmental group, found that 98% of products labeled “green” were really “greenwashed”.
In order to distinguish “green” products from “greenwashed”, watch for certification marks which have been approved and supported by the federal government and credible environmental organizations.
These are: ENERGY STAR; CANADA ORGANIC; FSC MIX PAPER C0200067; MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL and ENVIRONMENTAL CHOICE EcologoM
Be sure to shop at local stores which display Lake Friendly signs.

The Invasive Species Council of Manitoba has prepared a pamphlet identifying Manitoba garden invaders – what not to plant and listing alternatives which are not invasive and pose no threat to the environment. To obtain further information on invasive species or to sign up for a free quarterly newsletter, contact the ISCM at (204) 232-6021 or info@invasivespeciesmanitoba.com