Carolina Yards Online Guide to Environmentally Friendly Gardening

Join Clemson Extension for a five week, online course designed to help Carolina gardeners learn to grow and maintain a low maintenance and low environmental impact yard! Enjoy online training from the comfort of your home and on your own schedule with peers from around the state! Here's what you will learn:

  • Week 1: Maintaining Healthy Soils (Soil Testing, Composting, Mulching)

  • Week 2: Determine the Right Plant for the Right Place (Garden Planning, Native Vegetation, Invasive Species)

  • Week 3: How to Fertilize & Managing Yard Pests Responsibly

  • Week 4: Smart Watering Techniques (Irrigation, Rainwater Harvesting)

  • Week 5: How to Create a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary

Each week includes online presentations, videos and discussion forums with fellow gardeners. You can access and view all course materials at your own pace. Along the way, you will earn "inches" on the Carolina Yardstick by performing environmentally friendly gardening activities in your yard. If you earn enough "inches" you can obtain certification and we will recognize your yard as an official Carolina Yard!

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