Consider that your yard is like a cell in an organism and the health of the organism is affected by each cell, just like the health of our landscape. To help the environment, you can start by practicing good ecology. For example, instead of purchasing fertilizer, try recycling leaves and grass clippings into your landscaped beds. These natural materials will decompose into humus, an organic product that holds needed moisture and nutrients in the soil. The end result is great organic matter for your plants, low maintenance in the landscape and less material going into our overburdened landfills.