Keep our local waterways clean by reducing your use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers!

Excess pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers which have been applied to lawns and gardens may be washed off and carried to our local streams, creeks and other waterways in stormwater runoff. Pesticides and Herbicides are poisonous and can often kill desirable plants and insects along with the targeted pests. Fertilizers can cause an explosion of unwanted plant and algae growth that is often followed by a large die-off of vegetation. This vegetation then decomposes and can use up the oxygen in the water and cause fish kills. If you chose to use pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers always use them sparingly and always in accordance with manufacturer's directions.

  • Before using pesticides and herbicides be sure to correctly identify the problem. Select a “pest-specific” product to minimize harm to beneficial plants and insects.
  • Apply only to the problem areas. Don't waste your time and money or risk polluting stormwater runoff by placing chemicals where and when they aren't needed.
  • Overuse of pesticides and herbicides can result in pest resistance. While these chemicals can provide effective treatment for serious pest problems, they should not be used routinely or indiscriminately.
  • Most lawns can get the nutrients they need from grass clippings that result from lawn mowing therefore fertilize grass no more than once or twice a year.
  • Remove fertilizer from impervious surfaces such as walkways, driveways and streets.
  • Consider landscaping with native plants which can be drought and pest resistant. Use slow-release fertilizers or less toxic alternatives.
  • Composting and Mulching can improve your soil and help make your yard and gardens healthy.

Never apply fertilizer before, during or directly after a rain storm!