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!