The runoff of chemicals from pesticides (and fertilizers) is a major pollutant in our lakes, rivers and streams. Reducing or eliminating the use of fertilizers (or P-free fertilizers), weed treatments, and other chemicals on your property will improve our water quality and prevent additional chemicals from getting into our water bodies.
Using Chemicals in Your Yard
Follow the instructions carefully, apply only the recommended amount and use these products as sparingly as possible.
Check the weather forecast to avoid having to repeat the application.
Hand pick weeds when possible or consider less toxic alternatives.
Long-handled weed pullers grab dandelions easily, especially when the soil is moist.
Allow beneficial insects like lady bugs, praying mantises, and green lacewings into your garden to feed on pests.
Replace diseased or problem plants with native varieties.