New Milton resident, TV personality shows Milton how to be green

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MILTON, Ga. — Recently, when Milton resident Teresa Stickels heard that PBS television personality Joe Lamp’l had moved into her neighborhood, she had to look online for videos of the show because local PBS stations don’t carry Lamp’l’s show, “Growing a Greener World.”

Once Stickels got to know Lamp’l, she introduced him to members of Milton Grows Green, a citizens’ committee advocating for a greener, more sustainable way of life.

“It occurred to me that he was this amazing resource for us,” said Stickels.

This introduction led to a free program given by Lamp’l at Milton’s City Hall on Jan. 24, and he may do other programs with the city in the future.

The event was sponsored by Milton’s National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat Certification Project.

Lamp’l, executive producer and host of PBS’ “Growing a Greener World,” hopes that the two local PBS affiliates will pick up his show because he now lives in the area.

In fact, Lamp’l said at the Milton event that he will soon be filming the fourth season in his home’s yard.

Lamp’l’s program addressed sustainable gardening techniques such as weedless gardening, water conservation and what to do about unwelcome wildlife.

He offered practical tips that are easy to implement.

To counteract drought conditions in your yard, he suggests watering early in the morning (5 a.m. is preferable), using soaker hoses and drip irrigation and catching warm-up water inside for use in the yard.

“This isn’t going to save your lawn, but it will save your beloved plants,” Lamp’l said.

He also advised using compost and mulch to keep moisture from evaporating around plants.

Pushing mulch back from around the roots and stems of your favorite plants can keep pests such as grubs, worms, voles and moles from eating them.

Larger critters can be kept away using scare tactics such as scarecrows or fencing.

To cut down on weeds, Lamp’l said keep lawns mowed, so weeds never have a chance to seed.

Grass clippings, he says, are best used by being left on the lawn for “grasscycling” or put them in the compost bin.

Milton residents Chuck and Jana Shulz attended the talk and came away with new ideas for their yard.

“We like to do organic gardening and to keep pests away,” Jana Shulz said. “We have a problem with deer. That was our major issue.”

These kinds of community programs can count as credit toward the NWF Community Wildlife Habitat Certification Project, and committee members, including Stickels, are happy Lamp’l has agreed to hold more programs.

“He is all about community service,” Stickels said. “We’re really lucky to have him.”