It has been estimated that an average acre of a well maintained urban lawn receives an annual input of five to seven pounds of pesticides. If you determine a pesticide is necessary, REMEMBER:
- Don't buy more than you need
- Only apply what is necessary
- Do not apply in the rain (unless specified)
- Never apply on bare ground or near wells, ponds, streams, etc.
- Never dump excess pesticides on the ground or into the storm sewer
- Consider sharing leftovers (in their original containers) with neighbors
- When a container is empty, rinse three times (each time pouring into a sink)
- Use a Clean Sweep Program to dispose of pesticides and containers properly
Here are some simple steps you can take to help keep our water clean. A few simple changes can make a big difference!
- Maintain a healthy lawn by mowing frequently
- Practice hand-weeding with sharp blades set at 2 ½ to 3 inches
- Evaluate if a pesticide is necessary
- Use mulches to reduce weeds
- Spot treat weed and insect areas
- Learn to live with a few weeds!