Fertilizers and Pesticides

  • Fertilizers and pesticides are OVERUSED and are often not needed, or the particular ingredient needed is oversupplied in the pre-packaged bag. Before you fertilize, do soil testing—you may not even NEED it—or may not need as much as is currently applied.
  • Use fertilizers sparingly. Lawns and many garden plants do not need as much fertilizer as you might think, especially if you use certain grasses and native plants.
  • Use slow-release fertilizers, if needed.
  • NEVER apply fertilizer or pesticides before a rainstorm or on windy days. In a rain storm, a lot of it may be washed into nearby storm drains which lead to our rivers and water bodies. Once in the water, fertilizers promote decaying algae which uses up oxygen—which fish need to survive.

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