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Region 2

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.



  • Plant vegetation to shield buildings.
  • Use manual irrigation equipment where possible.
  • Minimize light pollution.


  • Leave grass clippings spread out across the lawn.
  • Compost yard waste.
  • Keep as much natural area as possible.
  • Set mower blades higher.
  • Recycle bedding trays and plant containers.
  • Limit fertilizer use.
  • Control erosion with compost.


  • Sweep impervious surfaces instead of using water.
  • Adjust watering
    • Water only when necessary.
    • Water during the cooler parts of the day.
    • Tailor to plant types and local conditions.
    • Water lawn and garden areas only.
  • Reuse water in ornamental water features.
  • Plant native plants/xeriscape.
  • Add compost and/or mulch to flower beds and around trees.
  • Fix leaks in irrigation systems.
  • Install moisture sensors on sprinkler systems.
  • Hire WaterSense landscape irrigation professional partners.
  • Reduce nonpermeable hardscapes, such as parking lots and paths, with pervious pavement.
  • Install water-efficient irrigation systems.
  • Implement a stormwater management plan.
  • Irrigate using alternate water sources (e.g., stormwater or grey water).

Pest Management

  • Use biologically-based pesticides.

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