That the great-looking lawn many of us aspire to have comes at a significant environmental and public health cost?
Fertilizers and pesticides are used by homeowners to maintain and improve the beauty and quality of their landscape. We may think what we apply to our yards stays within the boundaries of our property, but runoff from fertilizers and pesticides can have a big impact on our local streams, creeks, lakes and rivers.
Leave grass clippings on your lawn.
Include more than just grass in your landscape.
Verify that your lawn needs fertilizer by testing your soil before application.
Apply fertilizer according to directions.
Be sure to sweep excess fertilizer and lawn clippings off your sidewalks and driveways.
Leave fertilization until the fall.
Establish a no-mow buffer around waterways.
Healthy soil is a must for thick, strong grass.
Healthy soil is teeming with life and activity. It's rich in organic matter, insects, earthworms, air, water and nutrients. Caring for your soil should be as important to homeowners as it is to farmers. If you’re doing more than moderate fertilization and mowing, you may be killing your soil with kindness. What’s the secret recipe for a healthy, good-looking lawn, free from chemical "dependence?" It’s simple – less is best!
The Livable Lawns Program certifies lawn care companies that follow environmentally-friendly practices in fertilizer application while educating property owners.Download the Brochure (PDF)
Download the Application (PDF)
Download the Reporting and Tracking Form (PDF)
Taking a Soil Sample:
Why & How and How Often?
How to Interpret Your
Soil Test Report
The ABC’s of Purchasing Fertilizer and How to Apply It
How to Read a Fertilizer Bag and Choose a Fertilizer
How to Apply Fertilizer