Lawn & Garden

Yard Waste

Yard waste can clog storm drains, which can result in localized flooding.
  • Do not allow soil, leaves or grass clippings to accumulate on your driveway, sidewalk or on the street.
  • Compost yard waste and use it to condition your soil.


Fertilizers contain large amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen, which can cause algae blooms in aquatic areas. These blooms deplete oxygen in the water and can kill a large number of fish.
  • Avoid the use of fertilizers.
  • Use native vegetation to reduce maintenance.
  • Test soil every 3 to 4 years to maintain proper nutrients.
  • Use organic fertilizers such as manure and compost.
  • If you use fertilizers, read the label carefully and do not over apply!
  • Sweep; do not wash any excess fertilizers or soil off driveways or walkways.
  • Never apply before it rains or on a windy day.

Pesticides & Herbicides

Pesticides and herbicides contain toxic materials that are harmful to humans, animals, aquatic organisms and plants.
  • Carefully follow the directions on the label. Do not over apply.
  • Minimize the use of herbicides and pesticides.
  • Use natural alternatives whenever possible.