Fertilizing lawns can create and maintain healthy grass. However over fertilizing can harm our environment because excess will run off the surface and into storm drains that run directly into Piney Creek. In the rivers, the fertilizers still promote growth but now the growth means algae and other aquatic plants can grow to abnormal proportions clogging the rivers and beginning a chain-event of environmental hazards including foul smelling water, unsightly vegetation, and fish-kills.
How can I Reduce Fertilizer Pollution? Keep three things in mind:
1. Fertilize only when necessary
2. Buy the right type of fertilizer
3. Apply fertilizers properly.
When should I fertilize my lawn?
Look for signs that your lawn is nutrient deficient. These signs include yellowing grass or grass that shows little or no growth. The best time to look for these signs is during normally high growth periods (spring and fall).
What type of fertilizer should I buy?
Look for words like “slow-release” and “organic” on the label. Examples of organic fertilizers include:
1. Worm Castings
3. Blood Meal
Both types of “slow-release” and “organic” deliver nutrients slowly which ensures healthier lawn growth and reduces the likelihood that your fertilizer will end up in run off from your property and therefore in lakes and rivers.