It’s clear that we all love to take care of our yards and landscaping here in our beautiful community. As spring transitions to summer, there are some tips and tricks that homeowners can use to manage their yards in a more environmentally friendly manner.
What is “nutrient pollution,” and what does it have to do with conservation and the environment? Nutrient pollution is an overabundance of certain nutrients (like nitrogen and phosphorous), and they can pose a potential threat to health.
The nutrients in fertilizers are beneficial to plant growth, but too much of these nutrients can end up in bodies of water.
When it comes to soil…
Minimize the use of fertilizers, and sweep up any fertilizer from sidewalks, streets, and other hard surfaces to keep it from washing into storm drains. Keep exposed soil in place; exposed soil could easily get washed into storm drains, so placing straw over the exposed areas can keep the soil in place.
When it comes to pet waste…
Make sure to pick up pet waste and properly dispose of it. It can get carried into storm drains, and the harmful bacteria can pollute waterways through runoff.
Keep lawn clippings and other lawn waste out of the street. An easy way to do this is to sweep lawn clippings back into your yard to recycle the nutrients back into your lawn rather than letting it wash into storm drains. When washing your car, wash it in an area that allows the water to drain to a grassy area rather than allowing the water to wash into the street.
As we keep our yards looking lovely and our gardens bountiful, let’s be mindful of the appropriate ways we can prevent excess nutrients running back into natural waterways.
Click here to view the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District website, where you can find information on the many ways that we can all do our part to help keep our natural waterways healthy.