Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Think Twice When Fertlizing your Lawn This Fall

Everyone lives in a watershed whether you live close to a body of water or not. A watershed is the surrounding land that drains into a lake, stream, or river. It includes drainage systems such as ditches and storm sewers, which means you have a direct effect on water quality.

As we welcome fall, many homeowners realize it is time to fertilize your lawn. The grass has endured the summer stresses and the cool temperatures provide the perfect opportunity for recovery. The benefits of fall fertilization include a healthier turf before winter along with a healthier root system.

Before you fertilize however, think responsibly. Phosphates are a major source of pollution in lakes and streams, and high phosphate levels support over-production of algae and water weeds. Phosphorous comes from many sources such as leaves, lawn clippings, animal waste, and it is in most lawn fertilizers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has some wonderful videos and publications on Healthy Lawn Care Practices that you can apply to reduce the amount of runoff pollutants in your watershed.
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Thanks to Aquarius Systems, makers of some of the finest weed harvesting equipment, for this helpful tip. Visit them on Facebook or on their Aquatic Weed Harvester blog.

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