Practicing environmentally friendly landscaping is one of the easiest ways to help protect the waterfront. Use plants that have adapted to our heat and humidity, native plants from the Southeast or non-invasive plants from other continents should need less irrigation water once they are established. Checking irrigation equipment for leaks or faulty heads is another way to reduce fresh water from going down the storm drain. Installing rainwater harvesting barrels or cisterns, rain gardens and using planted buffers on slopes and along property lines can also recover that water for the lawn, beds, and house plants. Native plants and low fertility lawn grasses also reduce the amount of fertilizers and chemicals used as pesticides. Leaving the clippings on the lawn and mulching leaves keep them out of the streets, landfills, and storm drains.
Litter trashes everyone. I am always surprised at the amount of trash along the roads, marshes, and rivers of our Beautiful County and grateful for the volunteers with Keep Beaufort County Beautiful “Adopt a Highway” who pick up the litter that someone else threw out of his window or that flew out of the back of her truck. Those volunteers and other “Friends” help to keep litter from clogging the storm drains and are making a serious effort of protecting the waterfront.
Please visit the Clemson University Carolina Clear website for more information on Carolina Yards and Neighborhoods http://www.clemson.edu/public/carolinaclear/