Lawn Care

Most lawns and gardens in Vermont do not need fertilizer. Don’t guess, soil test! Testing your soil is easy and determines whether your soil needs any supplements at all. Unnecessary use of fertilizers and pesticides contribute to water pollution when they wash off and make their way into our storm drain system and streams. So when you fertilize without needing to, you actually help things grow in the lake instead of in your lawn or garden.

Follow these practices to help prevent stormwater pollution...


Fertilizers & Pesticides
Fertilizers and pesticides are often carried into our storm drains by sprinkler runoff or poorly timed application prior to rainfall. To minimize stormwater pollution, use organic or non-toxic pesticides and fertilizers as directed, and keep them away from ditches, gutters and storm drains. Store them in a covered area, off the ground, to prevent contact with water. For additional gardening questions, call Vermont Master Gardener at 1-800-639-2230.


Trimming the Garden
Decaying organic materials that enter our storm drains, such as grass, leaves, yard clippings, and pet waste, will use up oxygen in nearby streams, stressing aquatic life. Prevent stormwater pollution by not blowing, sweeping, raking or hosing yard waste into the street, gutter, or storm drain. Alternatively, leave grass clippings on your lawn after mowing, or compost your clippings and yard waste. Pet waste should not be composted, but rather disposed of in the trash to prevent the potential spread of bacteria and diseases.


Planting in the Yard
Produce less yard waste and save water by planting low maintenance trees and shrubs. Also, conserve water and minimize unwanted runoff by using drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or micro-spray watering systems to water vegetation.


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