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Posted on: March 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Lawn Care & Stormwater Issues

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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:

Lawn Care

  • Mow your lawn so that no more than one third of the length of grass is removed.
  • Compost or mulch your leaves and grass. Bring your grass and leaves to the city’s compost site. We can take care of them from there.
  • Sweep grass from paved areas back into the lawn


  • Don’t over water your lawn. Excessive runoff can waste water and cause chemicals from your yard to flow into the storm water system
  • Have downspouts directed at a garden area or into your lawn to decrease the amount of runoff.
  • Consider using rain barrels to conserve water and reduce run off


  • Only fertilize when necessary.
  • Fertilize only when there is no rain in the forecast for the next day or two.
  • Follow the instructions on your fertilizer to avoid over fertilizing.
  • Clean up any fertilizer that may spill onto concrete or impervious surfaces.

Streams and Ditches

  • Avoid piling your grass clippings on the banks of streams and open channel ditches. The chemicals used on the grass will run off into the body of water causing nutrient loading. Use the city’s compost site instead.

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.



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