Best Management Practices Water Quality Guide for Lawn Care

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Polluted runoff is the #1 threat to clean water. Stormwater picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants before it flows into a storm drain and then directly into the closest creek or stream. Some steps that you can take to help protect our surface water include the following:

  • Apply fertilizers and pesticides according to the label and follow the instructions to save money and minimize pollution.
     
  • Avoid using fertilizers or pesticides before rain is predicted.
     
  • Sweep up fertilizer/pesticide spills and dispose of properly. Do not hose off excess.
     
  • Dispose of yard waste properly. Leaves and other debris should not be raked or blown into the street or storm drain.
     
  • Plant native species of grasses and plants. They are more drought and pest resistant and require less use of water and chemicals.
     
  • Make sure that all stream banks have a healthy riparian or vegetated buffer.
     
  • Cover all materials that are to be used in landscaping projects, such as dirt and mulch. This will keep them from blowing or washing away and into local water bodies. 
     
  • Pick up litter every day, keeping parking lots and other paved areas clean of debris. 
     
  • If it's necessary to clean equipment out of doors, be sure that equipment is in a designated wash area that discharge to the sanitary sewer system.
     
  • Report polluters - call (336) 747-7480

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