Eco-beneficial gardening program is Thursday

The program “Eco-Beneficial Gardening 101” will be offered on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hamilton County ISU Extension Office.

Extension Horticulturist Yvonne McCormick will present this informational program for you to discover tips on how to create a healthy ecosystem in your own yard. Jessica Moffitt, Fort Dodge Household Hazardous Materials, will also be sharing information on chemical use in the home landscape.

Even the most beautiful gardens may not be healthy ecosystems. A yard is more than just a combination of trees, shrubs and perennials — it is a complex system where all living things are connected. Gardening with an ecosystem approach contributes to species diversity, attracting and supporting more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and beneficial insects. Soil health properties and how to improve your soil health will also be explored.

This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this program by March 21 by calling the Extension Office at 832-9597. The Hamilton Co. ISU Extension Office is located at 311 Bank St.,Webster City.