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Lawn Care Industry - Pollution Prevention
   Below are some tips lawn care providers can use to reduce storm water pollution.

  • Never dump yard waste in creeks or storm drains.
  • Blow grass clippings back into yards and off of streets and sidewalks.
  • Bag yard waste when possible to avoid having it enter the storm drainage system.
  • Keep storm drains clear of yard debris.
  • Re-plant bare areas to avoid soil erosion.
  • Adjust sprinklers so that irrigation water does not land on streets, sidewalks or driveways.
  • Consider natural alternatives to pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Reduce the amount of fertilizers applied by performing a soil test first.
  • Do not use pesticides or fertilizers near creek, rivers or ponds.
  • Avoid applying fertilizers before a large rain storm.
  • Use native plants for landscaping. They are adapted to local conditions and therefore can require less maintenance.
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