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Lawn care season is upon us.
Before you know it, time will be here to start getting our lawns ready for the growing season. As we prepare to clean, fertilize, and mow our lawns keep in mind the effects that it can have on our lakes and streams, not to mention our stormwater system.
When you clean your lawn remember to compost or mulch your leaves and grass. Don’t discharge or pile organic matter in the streets. These materials contribute to the clogging of our stormwater system and nutrient loading of our bodies of water. Fertilized grass is loaded with nitrogen and phosphorus which in turn lead to algae blooms and aquatic weed growth. These growths affect food and habitat for fish and the other living organisms that live in these bodies of water. To alleviate some of these issues here are some tips to consider:
Streams and Ditches
Taking a little extra time with your lawn care can really have a big impact on the health of our streams and bodies of water.