Maplewood residents will get a unique look into their neighbors yards and gardens during a free, self-guided tour.
The event is sponsored by the Maplewood Green Team and will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The Eco House and Yard Tour will showcase up to nineteen local yards, gardens and homes that demonstrate sustainability,” said The Maplewood Green Team. “Learn about green living by visiting real life examples in your own neighborhood.”
Homeowners will share their personal experiences and knowledge of different green techniques like solar panels, energy saving insulation, water saving drip irrigation, organic gardening, native landscaping, rain barrels, composting, reel mowers and back-yard chickens.
The Maplewood Green Team’s mission is to promote sustainability throughout the town by implementing plans and programs that support the mission, the group said.
“Maplewood Township is a recognized environmental leader in New Jersey,” they added. “Maplewood is a model town in the state-wid Sustainable Jersey program and has been certified since 2009.”
Attendees will be able to:
Look at a compost bin in action and see that compost doesn’t stink but will produce nutrient rich garden soil.
Watch yard plants get watered by themselves and learn that drip irrigation is affordable and easy to install.
Push a “reel mower” around the yard and try it out. Reel mowers are easy to use, even on hills.
Talk to homeowners about green technologies like solar installations and blown-in insulation to learn how much energy these elements are producing and/or saving.
Ask questions about organic gardening and native landscaping.