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Escape into Your Own Backyard of Tranquility

Feature Brief for Women's Magazines   United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
P.O. Box 2890
Washington, DC 20013

Whether you live in the city or the country, a moment of peace and tranquility could be as close as your own backyard.

A backyard is the perfect escape--a private place where you can relax after a hectic day and let nature compose a soothing lullaby that calms your nerves.

Imagine walking out your back door and into a tranquil garden where flowers bloom, butterflies hover, birds sing, and water softly trickles. As the sun goes down, you can illuminate your favorite corner with a soft spotlight and continue to unwind as night approaches.

Sound too good to be true?

Not if you learn about Backyard Conservation. Your backyard can easily be transformed into a natural haven for birds, blooms, and beauty--a place of tranquility.

That's the latest advice for homeowners and urban residents throughout the country. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) are offering a free 28-page "Backyard Conservation" booklet that showcases 10 simple conservation practices for the backyard--terracing, tree planting, composting, mulching, wildlife habitat, wetlands, ponds, water conservation, nutrient management, and pest management.

All you have to do is call 1-888-LANDCARE and ask for the booklet--even the call is free.

You don't have to do a lot or spend a lot to make your yard a more inviting place for birds, nature, and your family. The right plants or trees and a few simple conservation practices can make a huge difference.

Whether your backyard is measured in flower pots, feet, or even acres--no matter how vast or cozy--there's room for backyard conservation. These same practices have been beautifying and protecting the American countryside for decades, thanks to the conservation work of our nation's farmers and ranchers. Now you can enjoy the same benefits right in your own backyard.


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