Lawn & Yard Care
What can YOU do?
How you care for your lawn and yard can have a great impact on the water quality of our local rivers, lakes and streams. Be the solution to water pollution by following these tips:
- Add plants to bare areas in your yard or cover with mulch to avoid soil erosion.
- Refuel and wash lawn equipment away from streams or where runoff drains to a storm drain or drainage ditch.
- Properly dispose of old oil, gasoline and yard chemicals.
- Inspect irrigation systems periodically to ensure that runoff is not occurring.
- Consider installing a rain barrel to reduce runoff from your property.
Fertilizer and Pesticide Application
- Consider using native plants. They require less maintenance and chemicals.
- Follow all product instructions for proper application of fertilizers and pesticides.
- Properly identify weeds, diseases or insects before applying a pesticide. Spot treat only affected areas.
- Close spreaders when going over pavement, bare soil and other non-vegetated areas.
- Avoid using fertilizers and pesticides during drought conditions or when heavy rain is predicted.
- Store fertilizers and pesticides in enclosed, covered areas.
Yard Waste Cleanup
- Don’t blow grass clippings and leaves in the street or down a storm drain.
- Compost grass clippings, plant trimmings, leaves and other plant material, or bag them for curbside pick-up.
- Another option is to leave grass clippings or leaves on the lawn. Use your lawn mower to shred leaves into smaller pieces so they break down more quickly.