General Lawn & Garden Tips

Excess fertilizer and pesticides (weed and bug killers) run off lawns when they are over watered or applied before a rain storm. These products pollute our water and can be harmful to your family, especially children and pets. You can have a great looking lawn that will keep our water clean and is healthy for your family and pets by following these tips:

Stormwater Friendly Lawn & Garden Tips:

  • Follow these recommendations if you hire a lawn care company.
  • Do not over-use or over-dose lawn chemicals. If you feel you must use a weed or insect control product, follow the label directions very carefully. Applying more than the label allows is risky for you, your family and our environment and also happens to be a violation of Federal law.
  • If insecticides (bug killers) and herbicides (weed killers) are necessary, spot treat problem areas.  DO NOT APPLY THEM TO YOUR ENTIRE LAWN.
  • Stop using weed and feed products.  Try overseeding with low maintenance mixes of fescues and rye grasses to out compete weeds.
  • Be careful not to get pesticides or fertilizer on the driveway or sidewalk because they will easily be washed down a storm drain the next time it rains.
  • Do not put anything on your lawn before it is predicted to rain.
  • Do a soil test before applying any fertilizer to your lawn.  Free soil test kits are available from local soil and water conservation districts and county extension offices.
  • Use slow-release fertilizers, which are better for your lawn and for the environment.
  • Lawns need less than an inch of water per week. Try using a rain gauge.  That way you’ll know that if it has rained an inch, you do not need to water your lawn.
  • Compost yard waste. Don’t leave it in the street or sweep it into storm drains or streams.
  • Learn how to YardScape by visiting these sites:

    Maine YardScaping Partnership
    Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District