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.