Conservation for the Home and Lawn

Using conservation practices for the lawn and home reduce the following pollutants:

Pathogens

  • Reduces Water Quality
  • Cause Disease
  • Reduce Recreational Use
Sediment

  • Impairs Drainage
  • In Streams and Lakes, Blocks the Light Essential for Plants and Animals
  • Destroys the Habitat of Aquatic Plants and Animals
Toxins

  • Reduces Water Quality
  • Destroys Aquatic Animal and Plant Habitat
Trash and Debris

  • Destroy Aquatic Animal and Plant Habitat
  • Impairs Aesthetics of the Environment
Fertilizers

  • Reduces Water Quality
  • Destroys Aquatic Animal and Plant Habitats

Home and Lawn Conservation Practices

  • Leave Grass Clippings on Lawn to Reduce Weeds and Conserve Soil Moisture
  • Increase Grass Length to Reduce Weeds and Conserve Soil Moisture
  • Use Soil Tests to Determine the Amount and Type of Fertilizer Needed
  • Apply Fertilizers in the Fall When You Will Receive the Most Benefit
  • Compost or Mulch Yard Waste to Reduce the Amount You Send to the Landfill
  • Use Natural Forms of Pest Control
  • Read and Follow Labels on Yard and Home Chemicals
  • Avoid Applying Lawn Chemicals Near Water or Sewers
  • Use Native Plants
  • Cover Bare Soil with Straw or Mulch to Reduce Erosion
  • Plant Trees, Tall Grasses, and Shrubbery Along Waterways to Provide Shade for Aquatic Plants and Animals and Improve Aquatic Habitat
  • Switch To Non-Hazardous Household Cleaning Products
  • Give Away the Household Hazardous Waste Products You Do Not Want to Groups like Habitat for Humanity or a Local Shelter
  • Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste