Managing Nutrients, Trash & Litter Makes For Cleaner Waterways
Fertilize With Care
Over-application of nutrients not only may impair plant growth, it can also contaminate groundwater by leaching through the soil and pollute waterways through run-off. A soil test kit, available at most hardware stores, will identify what nutrients you may need to help your lawn and other plants be healthy and grow their best.
Pollinators and beneficial insects rely on native plants for food and shelter. Natives are also smart choices for low-maintenance landscaping. Since they are adapted to local conditions, pesticides, fertilizers and other amendments are rarely required once the plants are established. For more information, see: MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Keep Clippings Away From Drains
Grass clippings contain phosphorus that will get carried into a waterway through storm drains. One bushel of fresh grass clippings can produce 30-50 pounds of algae growth in a lake or river. Grass clippings left in the street also pose a hazardous threat to motorcyclists. Leave clippings on the lawn, or compost them for safer, cleaner streets and rivers.
Composting at home is a great way to keep grass clippings, leaves, yard waste and kitchen scraps out of our waterways and create nutrient-rich
garden soil. For more info, see our Home Composting Guide.
The City Compost Site is a great alternative to get rid of yard waste: cityofdefiance.com/divisions/compost-site