Lawn & Garden Care
A runoff friendly lawn and garden does not harm waterways by utilizing limited chemical application and absorbing the proper amount of water. Activities such as over irrigation, landscape maintenance, fertilization, and pesticide application have the potential to discharge pollutants to the storm drain system.
Use these tips to help prevent polluted runoff from entering our storm drain system.
- Properly adjust irrigation systems to reflect seasonal water needs
- Minimize the use of pesticides and fertilizers. Read the labels and follow directions to avoid improper use. Only apply chemicals when it is not windy and more than 48-hours from a rainstorm
- Properly clean up and dispose of gardening chemical, fertilizer, or soil spills. If possible, return the spilled material to the container for future use
- Store lawn and garden care products in closed and labeled containers, in covered areas, or off the ground and under protective tarps
- Cover non-vegetated surfaces to prevent erosion
- Utilize drought and insect resistant landscaping
- Nurture your garden often to control weeds, which require additional irrigation when not removed
- Use integrated pest management (IPM) by planting pest repelling plants
- Do not leave food (human or pet) outside overnight
- Remove fruit and garden waste
For more information about proactive lawn and garden care to prevent polluted runoff, check out our applicable brochures below:
Tips for Landscape & Gardening (Spanish)
Tips to Prevent Overwatering
Responsible Pest Control
REPORT POLLUTION HERE
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