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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

September 16, 2002

Charlotte, NC - Autumn begins on September 23; so many homeowners will begin to think about aerating, seeding and fertilizing their lawns. But this year brings an added twist: DROUGHT. Mandatory water restrictions remain in place for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities customers and everyone needs to be aware of the need to conserve water. Mecklenburg County offers a variety of services to help make your lawn look great, while conserving water:

· Fall seeding season: Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension offers a variety of recommendations for fall lawn care while under water restrictions. The best time to re-seed is September 15 - October 15, and homeowners are reminded to water only between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. Check the Web site for more information on fall lawn care or call Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension at 704-336-2561.

· Composting and grasscycling: Solid Waste Management's PLANT program offers classes and information on grasscycling, composting, xeriscaping, and other methods for maintaining your yard with less water and less work. Classes are most Saturday mornings throughout the fall at locations across Mecklenburg County. Check the Web site or call 704-336-4304 to register for a class.

· Mulch for sale: Mulch is ideal for use in drought conditions, as it helps prevent the evaporation of water from the soil. Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Management offers mulch for sale at four locations:

- 5631 West Boulevard

- 12300 North Statesville Road

- 8007 Pence Road

- 17131 Lancaster Highway

For information on mulch sales or to arrange for a load of mulch to be delivered to your home, call 704-588-9070.

· Check it out! The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County offers countless books and periodicals with advice on fall seeding, gardening and conservation. Call 704-336-2725 for more information or check the Web site


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