first_imgEvery year, Clark County Public Health coordinates a do-it-yourself driving tour so residents can learn what their neighbors are doing to save the Earth — one blade of grass, flower garden, vegetable patch and backyard bird sanctuary at a time.This year, Gregg Andrews of Felida will show off how he’s stuck with resilient, low-maintenance native species — plus a little organic neem oil and nature’s greatest bug devourer, the chicken — to defeat pests and blights.Diane Chernofsky of Salmon Creek will demonstrate how near-total wildness — with a little attention to water retention and erosion control — has resulted in an edible yard that attracts beautiful wildlife.Laura and Charlie Heldreth of east Vancouver have made their steep front yard into terraces of prairie grass, flowers and snackable food gardens that their neighbors love.And, Bob Manelis and Linda Kliewer of Battle Ground have both made the best of seasonal wetlands and rocky fill by installing the appropriate plants, or by adding lots of organic compost to the soil.last_img read more