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Believe it or not, practices in your yard can have a major impact on area waterways. Leaves, grass clippings, and fertilizers are sources of phosphorus that can cause algal blooms. Chemicals used to control weeds and pests on land will be toxic to plants and animals in the waterways.
To minimize your impact please:
- Remove grass clippings from the driveway, curb, and storm drains.
- Compost clippings onsite will return nutrients to your soils or bring clippings to the Olmsted County Compost site.
- Use phosphorus free fertilizer.
- Follow all label instructions when using pesticides, herbicides, funicides, and fertilizers.
- Do not apply chemicals prior to a rain event as they will be washed away.