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Residents Encouraged to Utilize Local Resources to Recycle Green Waste

With Earth Day, April 22, 2024, on the minds of Americans, the focus is on earth-friendly practices. According to an EPA report, there are 35.4BT of yard trimmings in the U.S. each year. Let’s all minimize yard waste in landfills: recycle & reuse yard trimmings. 

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Cities offer green waste recycling program. Additionally, Living Earth® offers 10 conveniently located facilities across DFW that accept clean green waste, which is recycled to produce organic mulch and compost. Visit to find a DFW recycling facility (located in Arlington. Aubrey/Celina, Dallas, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Lakeside, Lancaster, Plano and Rockwall).

reuse green waste

Leaves, grass clippings and brush can be beneficially reused in yards in a variety of ways, including:

  • Grass-cycle – When trimmed correctly, grass clippings can fertilize lawns. Instead of bagging, let clippings fall beneath the grass where they will decompose quickly, adding nutrients back into your soil.
  • Composting – The most important tip for composting? Get the ratio right. The three ingredients are greens, browns and water. For greens, use grass clippings, flowers, leaves, etc. For browns, use twigs, dead leaves, cardboard and sawdust.
  • Mulching – Fallen leaves won’t harm lawns. If chopped with a mulching mower, decomposing leaves will also feed the lawn.
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Save valuable resources.

Diverting yard trimmings from landfills helps save valuable natural resources. Whether reused, recycled or both, yard trimming disposal can make a difference.

Living Earth® specializes in both retail and wholesale customers, including home gardeners, landscape architects, contractors and municipalities. Everyone is welcome.

Living Earth® is a proud member of the U.S. Composting Council, Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association, International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association and more.



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Living Earth Aubrey/Celina



Living Earth Aubrey/Celina 10th DFW Location

Living Earth Aubrey/Celina

An important addition to the Aubrey/Celina communities, Living Earth® is now open to the public. A gardening staple since 1985, Living Earth® is a leading manufacturer of the best organic mulch, compost, soil and high-performance amendments in the industry. They are also one of the largest recyclers of clean green waste such as brush, grass clippings and other natural products.

Living Earth – Aubrey/Celina
1385 Ranchette Road
Celina, Texas 76227*

M – F 7 am – 5 pm
Sat. 7 am – 1 pm
Sun. Closed

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Customers can go to this location or order online, indicate pick up (they’ll load the vehicles!) or schedule a delivery.

The Aubrey/Celina opening marks the tenth 10th DFW Living Earth® location and the 31st across Texas and Tennessee. Living Earth® specializes in both retail and wholesale customers, including home gardeners, landscape architects, contractors and municipalities. Everyone is welcome.



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Time to Plant a Tree

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Time to Plant a Tree

Tips for Tree Planting

Planting a tree is a great decision for your landscape… and the planet! Preparing the land makes a difference between a healthy and unhealthy tree. Proper preparation includes site assessment, soil improvement, digging the hole, and prepping the vegetation. 

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Research first.

Before you start buying and planting, research the different types of trees that grow well in the area. Consider the soil type, climate and available space. There is a myriad of resources, including the Arbor Day Foundation.

Check the Calendar.

The time of year you plant is vital to tree growth success. Fall is the ideal planting time, but spring is good as long as you plant early enough to allow roots to take hold before the extreme heat of summer.

find a tree.

The time of year you plant is Once you’ve researched the appropriate types of trees for the area, contact the city to see if there is a tree sharing program available. If not, visit a respected nursery or garden center that sells trees. Make sure you get quality trees that were grown locally.

call 8-1-1.

The time of year you plant is Don’t ever dig in your yard without first calling 811. A crew will come out and mark all gas, electric and other lines buried underground.

Two people dig a hole to plant a tree.

When ready to plant the tree, dig a hole that’s at least twice the size of the root ball. Make sure that the soil at the bottom of the hole is loosened before planting the tree.

prepare the soil.

Amend soil before planting the tree. Improving soil texture and structure, especially in areas deprived of nutrients, is essential for the health of a tree. The best soil amendment is compost. Organic matter releases nutrients that become absorbed by soil-dwelling microorganisms. If you don’t make your own, use Living Earth® Organic Compost.

How to use mulch around trees.
plant the tree.

Now that you have your hole ready, it’s time to plant. Carefully remove the tree from the pot and position it in the hole. Check for a watering ring around the base of the tree and make sure it’s sitting at the same depth it was planted in the pot.

backfill the tree.

Fill the hole with enough soil to firmly but gently hold the tree in place. Use a quality, organic soil like Tree & Shrub Mix. Depending on your soil type, you may need an aggregate like a clay killer.

water the tree.

Now that your new tree is planted, soak the area with water.

Secure the tree.

Use a stake or two to help ensure that the tree gets enough support until its roots are well established. Tie the stakes securely and make sure they don’t rub against the trunk of the tree.

Mulch and feed.

You’re almost done with the planting process! Cover the base of the tree with a generous layer of Living Earth® mulch to help keep the moisture levels consistent. You may also want to feed your tree with a slow-release fertilizer to help ensure it has all the nutrients it needs to grow. Further, keep in mind that proper watering is vital to tree health, especially young trees.

Planting a tree is a great way to help the environment. So, let’s start planting!



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Build a dry creek bed to help with flooding



Learn More About French Drains, Dry Creek Beds and Retaining Walls

Whether due to erosion or dramatic weather patterns, standing water and flooding are challenges often faced by homeowners. The good news is, we have some solutions! Some of these projects can be done over the weekend but others may require a professional.

How to use a French drain to help with standing water

Install a French drain.

A French drain is an effective way to reduce standing water on your property. French drains are comprised of filter fabric, slotted pipes and gravel.

To create a French drain:

  • Dig a trench in the area where water tends to collect. Depending on your project, the trench should be about 18 inches deep and 9 to 12 inches wide. The drain must slope downward by at least 1%.
  • When your channel is prepared, line with permeable landscaping fabric with several inches of excess along the sides (this will be used later).
  • Afterwards, cover your fabric with a few inches of gravel to aid drainage.
    The next step is to insert the slotted pipe, cover with washed gravel and use excess landscaping fabric to wrap over the gravel.
  • Finally, add several inches of topsoil to level the area.
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Add a dry creek bed.

A low-maintenance form of hardscaping, a dry creek bed is a shallow channel that is lined with landscape fabric and filled with varying sizes of stone and gravel. Also called an arroyo, it is designed to channel water away from low-lying areas in your yard and help prevent flooding. 

To create a dry creek bed:

  • First, mark out the area where you want the channel to go.
  • Then, dig a shallow trench and fill it with river rock, stone and gravel.
  • When you are finished, add plants and other landscaping features for a beautiful finishing touch and to make the creek bed look more natural.
Retaining walls can help with proper drainage in your yard.

A retaining wall can help decrease erosion and keep soil in place during heavy rain or flooding. It can divert water from your home, eliminating damage caused by freeze and thaw cycles that may occur during winter months. Moreover, retaining walls can add visual interest and provide more functional space in your yard. 

Before beginning your retaining wall project, talk to local garden and landscape experts. An expert DIY project, larger retaining walls need to hold their shape while supporting the pressure of the land behind it. With every additional foot of height, the pressure of the soil increases substantially. A shorter wall is an easier DIY project.

If a retaining wall isn’t built properly, it can break down. The keys to a well-built wall include 1) structure 2) materials and 3) drainage.

To help you decide on the best course of action, consider: 

  • Location 
  • Size
  • Material you’d like to use such as wood, bricks, natural stones or concrete blocks
  • Drainage needs
  • Consultant needs

There are many ways to improve the landscape drainage and flood prevention. Which one you select will depend on yard conditions, local and neighborhood building codes and regulations, location of utility lines and more. 

If you are not certain, we recommend hiring a reputable landscape architect. 

Remember, always call 811 before you dig.



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How To Grow Azaleas



Food waste that is not composted generally goes directly to a landfill. Do your part to minimize the impact of food waste, start composting today! Follow this compost recipe to get started:

1. Choose a 4-foot by 8-foot area, preferably shaded, where water does not collect when it rains.

2. Cover half the area with a 6-inch layer of leaves. Water thoroughly.

3. Next, add a 2-inch layer of grass clippings and/or fruit and vegetable scraps and a dash of soil.

4. Mix this layer into the layer below it using a hoe or a cultivator. At this point, water thoroughly.

5. Top with a 2-inch layer of leaves.

Thereupon, repeat steps 3 through 5 as ingredients are available. Eventually, the top layer of the completed pile should be at least 4 inches of leaves covering all food materials. Build pile to 3 feet high as soon as you can.

Turn the whole pile over with a hay fork or shovel every 2 to 3 weeks, adding water as needed to make the whole pile moist (similar to a wrung-out sponge).

Finally, the compost is well done when most of the original ingredients have broken down and when it smells like rich soil.

Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, bread, unbleached paper napkins, coffee filters, eggshells, meats and newspaper can be composted. If it can be eaten or grown in a field or garden, it can be composted.


Plastics, grease, glass and metals — including plastic utensils, condiment packages, plastic wrap, plastic bags, foil, silverware, drinking straws, bottles, polystyrene or chemicals.

For advanced composters: Items such as red meat, bones and small amounts of paper are acceptable, but they take longer to decompose. Add red meat and bones to only a well-controlled compost pile to avoid attracting vermin, pests and insects to partially decomposed meat scraps.

There are many ways to compost, as well as a plethora of tools to make it easier on consumers, from small countertop compost bins to large backyard tumblers. You can even buy earth-friendly compost ready to go, such as Living Earth® Organic Compost.

Explore your options, experiment and find a solution that fits your lifestylNEX



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What is a pollinator garden? A pollinator garden is planted to attract a wide range of pollinating insects (and birds too!). Reminiscent of victory gardens during of World War I and II, pollinator gardens are also about shoring up food supplies – but this time it’s for pollinators.

The goal of pollinator gardens is to provide nectar and pollen to reverse the decline of pollinators and to provide habitat (milkweed) for Monarch butterflies.

The populations of our native bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators have been declining for several decades. In 2015, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) joined forces with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to encourage pollinator habitats on transportation right-of-way. Since that time, pollinator garden design is at the heart of most garden planning. 

According to USDA research, pollinators are responsible for one out of three bites of food we take each day. Without pollinators plants would not reproduce! There are more than 200,000 species of beneficial insects such as bees, butterflies, wasps, ants and moths, and more than 1,000 vertebrates such as birds, bats and small mammals that are also pollinators.

Pollinators travel from plant to plant carrying pollen that allows the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants – the very plants that:

  • Produce fruits, vegetables and nuts
  • Produce oils, fibers and raw materials
  • Prevent soil erosion
  • Increase carbon sequestration

Follow these steps to build your pollinator garden:


Butterflies and other pollinators love the sun, and their favorite wildflowers grow best in full or partial sun. Protection from the wind is also important. 

If you are planning an in-ground pollinator garden, consider your soil. Is the soil sandy and well-drained or more clay-like and wet? Both soils can be amended to provide the best possible conditions for your garden.

If you’d like to learn more about your soil before planting, consider testing. Soil tests are a good way to measure health and fertility. The tests are generally inexpensive, though well worth any cost when it comes to growing success.

Raised bed pollinator gardens allow gardeners more control over the soil and additives but in-ground pollinator gardens are great too. It is a matter of preference.

Butterflies love the sun!


Now that you know where you want your bed, it’s time to consider plants, color, texture and height. Plant placement is just as important as plant choice. Use the interior design rule of planting in odd numbers, like threes or fives. 

Insects prefer not to have to search widely for high-energy nectar, so an expansive wildflower-sprinkled meadow is not ideal. Flying uses a lot of energy. Instead, pollinators prefer adjacent groupings of their favorite plants because it shortens their commute.

Choose plants native to your region. 

Native plants share a long evolutionary history with their pollinators, so including a wide variety of natives will make your garden a favorite destination for pollinators. Choose carefully to match the site conditions; natives will flourish without the addition of fertilizers and pesticides.

Choose nectar- and pollen-rich flowers with a range of shapes, sizes and colors. 

Pollinator favorites such as black eyed susan and salvia help attract pollinators, but diversity is the key to a successful garden. Because each pollinator has its own techniques for sourcing nectar and pollen, flowers should be as varied as the pollinators that visit them.

Remember the butterflies!
Without host plants for butterfly larvae (caterpillars) to eat, there will be no butterflies! So don’t forget to provide this vital food source. Many butterfly larvae can only feed on one or two specific host plants—particularly native trees, shrubs, and perennials—that are vital to their survival. For example, Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed.

If you are like most gardeners and like input from the experts, use the Pollinator Partnership’s tool for selecting pollinator plants based on region or talk to your local Living Earth representative. 

Determine the best soil solution.
Don’t forget to buy organic Living Earth products before you plant! Product recommendations may vary based on application, region and soil conditions, including:

  • Tree & Shrub Mix, a direct planting media that doesn’t need to be mixed into existing soil for in-ground beds
  • Landscaper’s Mix, which should be blended into existing garden soil to be most effective, is an ideal media for in-ground beds
  • In Tennessee, Magic Mix is an ideal formulation for in-ground and raised beds
  • For raised beds, Organic Garden Soil is ideal but, in most cases, must be amended
  • For well-tended garden beds, you may not need to do much more than mix in some Premium Organic Compost

For more information about raised garden beds, visit our About Raised Garden Beds page.

Seeds vs plants.
Once you’ve identified your plant species, decide whether to use seeds or start with small plants. If you’re using seeds, plan on dispersing them the fall or late winter ahead to give them time to germinate before the summer growing season. 

If you are going to use plants, then aim for early spring planting but be sure to do so just after the last recorded frost for your area. 

If you aren’t quite sure about your garden yet, use local resources. Consult a landscape architect to help you design and integrate solutions, which range from plant selection and design to features to collect rainwater. There are other resources available as well. For example, did you know many cities offer free sprinkler evaluation? 


Now that you have planted your garden, all you need to do is reap its rewards. That and water frequently and fertilize regularly!

If you are planting seeds over the fall, it takes a little longer but no matter the timing, once your pollinator garden is in full bloom, you’ll have an active, beautiful garden that’s well worth the effort – for you and the planet.

Remember… Even one pollinator-friendly plant makes a significant difference!



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Protect Your Plants From A Freeze


Protect Your Plants From A Freeze

What to Do When Jack Frost Is on the Way

Protect Your Plants From A Freeze

When the weather begins to turn cold, it’s time to protect your plants from a freeze. While most gardeners know how to  shelter plants during a freeze, it’s best to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible. It could be a matter of [plant] life or death!

Know the lowest temps your veggies can handle and follow these tips:


The good news is – you can reduce your watering during cool months. However, don’t let the soil completely dry out. Dry plants are vulnerable. Therefore, water them consistently before cold snaps arrive. Further, check to see if you need more mulch; three inches is optimal. Try our Premium Colored Mulch; while everyone has their favorite color, we find the brown blends nicely during the winter months.

Moreover, plants should maintain a healthy moisture level in the soil regardless of the season. Your plants won’t do well if you over or under water them… especially when you live in an area with lots of temperature changes.

Protect Your Plants From A Freeze


Plants that are in pots or containers suffer more than plants in the ground, even if their roots are covered with mulch. In fact, there is about a 10-degree variance. So, cover these plants with frost cloths, old bed sheets, burlap, etc. Above all, do not use plastic or plastic-lined material.


If you can, bring your potted plants inside to protect them from a freeze. Whether this means in your kitchen, garage or other sheltered area, provide extra protection. Further, if you have a greenhouse, be sure you have a backup power source.

Given enough of a warning, you’ll have more time to take the proper precautions when moving potted plants indoors. From relocating plants at night to moving them before temps dip below 45 degrees, every precaution helps keep your plants healthy and thriving.


To reduce chances of slipping, have you considered using salt to keep your walking and driving areas gritty? Don’t. Salt products can be bad for your plants, water runoff and environment.

In many areas, primarily concrete sand is used and is non-polluting. Also, we recommend lava or granite sand. They’re non-toxic and good for garden soil as they wash off paving and into our lawns. Taking the proper precautions and using the right products can help you keep herbs and veggies growing throughout the colder months.

Get started on these steps while the weather is still mild — and if you haven’t already, make sure you’re also caring for your tools and keeping them safe from the icy cold.

For these and other tips about protecting your landscape, contact a Living Earth® expert.