Speaking . . . Lawn Care
Excess fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns and gardens
wash off and pollute streams and rivers. In addition, yard clippings
and leaves can wash into storm drains and contribute nutrients and
organic matter to streams and rivers.
Recycle or properly dispose of household products that contain
chemicals, such as insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, and
used motor oil and other auto fluids. Don’t pour them onto the
ground or into storm drains.
Don’t over water your lawn. Consider using a soaker hose instead
of a sprinkler. Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. When use
is necessary, use these chemicals in the recommended amounts. Use
organic mulch or safer pest control methods whenever possible.
Compost or mulch your yard wastes. Don’t leave it in the street or
sweep it into storm drains or streams. Cover piles of dirt or mulch
being used in landscaping projects.
The municipalities in Cass and Berrien Counties are working
together to ensure cleaner and safer water in the Lower St. Joseph
River Watershed. We will need your help, to learn more about these
efforts visit http://www.swmpc.org/water.asp
you in the habit of applying fertilizer to your lawn every spring?
Did you know that when fertilizer is
applied improperly it may pollute our
waters and possibly even kill our vegetation along with fish and
animals? Though we all want to have green and luscious lawns this
spring and summer, we also need to be aware of the potential hazards
our lawn care practices may cause. When too much fertilizer is
applied it washes off easily and becomes very harmful to the
environment. This is especially true when a rain storm comes. Rain
can wash fertilizer straight into the storm drain. Moreover, much of
what is on the soil will eventually percolate into our groundwater
systems as water gets absorbed into the earth. Therefore, it is
important to avoid using fertilizer during the rain season or before
a rain storm forecast.
a fertilizer applicator warns of keeping children and pets off the
lawn for 24 hours, it would be wise to discontinue its use all
together. Using a slow release fertilizer is effective as it spreads
over time and is less likely to drain away.
that when you water and mow your lawn properly, you may not need
much fertilizer. For suggestions on mowing and watering review these resources:
If you must fertilize, stick to organic fertilizers and do it
sparingly. More is not better when it comes to fertilizing! If you
decide to fertilize do it sparingly.