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Be a Lawn Hero: Protect Your Local Waterways!

Post Date: 04/29/2019 3:07 PM

Fertilizers—nitrogen and phosphorus—are good for plants but not for water quality. In ponds, streams and rivers, fertilizers are pollutants that harm fish and wildlife, can cause smelly algae blooms, and can even affect drinking water.

Be a Lawn Hero: Protect Your Local Waterways!

• Recycle grass clippings with a mulching mower. Clippings are a free, natural fertilizer—and all
that most lawns need.

• Sweep or blow grass clippings and fertilizers off of pavement, and away from storm
drains and wetlands.

• Never fertilize before a heavy rainstorm (light rain is ok).

• Don’t apply fertilizer with phosphorous to an existing lawn. It’s illegal in MA unless a soil test says you need it.

• Choose fertilizers with 75-100% “slow-release” or “water insoluble” nitrogen.



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