Common-Sense Lawn Care Tips
Water runoff can carry pesticides, fertilizers, and grass clippings into storm drains, and pollute streams, lakes and Puget Sound. Follow these common-sense lawn care tips to create a beautiful garden while protecting our water resources.
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A healthy, green lawn needs no more than one inch of water per week. To measure, place empty tuna cans, or similar containers, around your lawn while your sprinkler is running. Time how long it takes to fill the cans one inch. This is the amount of time you should water your lawn each non-rainy week.
Another option is to let your lawn go dormant over the summer. A deep watering once per rainless month will let your lawn revive quickly when fall rains return.
If necessary, turn off your sprinkler, wait a short while for the water to soak into the ground, and then resume watering.
Keep Grass Clippings Away from Streets and Storm Drains
When grass clippings, leaves, and other yard materials are blown onto streets, the materials are eventually washed into the drainage system during the first rain. Yard debris is organic, so when it enters water bodies, it can deplete oxygen levels and harm aquatic life.
Please keep grass clippings off of the road and away from storm drains. Here are some alternatives:
Reduce Use of Pesticides and Synthetic Fertilizers
Choose the right plants for the right areas to reduce the need for dangerous chemicals in your yard. WSU Master Gardeners can help you select plants that are ideal for your property. Here are some other tips:
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