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5 tips for eco-friendly gardening
5 tips for eco-friendly gardening

As the season approaches for cleaning up flowerbeds and planting vegetable gardens, you may love the idea of all the blooms or produce you’ll create but dread the annual fight for control over weeds. There’s no need to go wild on chemicals to reduce all that pulling and hoeing. “The healthier your soil is, the fewer weeds you will have,” says Suha Kaidbey, owner of Le Printemps in Washington, D.C. “Buy a kit from your local hardware or gardening store to test your soil’s minerals and pH.” Then once you know your soil’s composition, you can talk to your local nursery or Master Gardener about how to increase its health, or plant flowers and...