Environmental Quality | 206 W. Church St., 2nd Floor | P.O. Box 534045 | Grand Prairie, TX 75053
Phone 972-237-8055 | Fax 972-237-8228
Waste Not, Want Not
If you are planning on fertilizing your lawn, be mindful of how your actions will affect your family, pets, lawn and the environment.
Never over fertilize. Always follow the directions on the label to make sure you are not using too much fertilizer for your lawn. Aside from the fact that chemical fertilizers are unsafe for your family and pets, excess fertilization weakens roots, increases watering needs, causes thatch and excessive growth, and pollutes waterways. Remember, twice as much will not do twice the job.
Check the weather. Fertilizing shortly before a rainstorm results in the fertilizer washing off of your lawn, making the application ineffective for its intended purpose. In addition to wasting your money, the rain carries the fertilizer to waterways via storm drains. Once in our waterways, the fertilizer stimulates excessive algae and plant growth which can result in fish kills.
One great alternative to synthetic fertilizers is “grasscycling” or leaving grass clippings on the lawn to decompose into the soil. Many people have found that grasscycling greatly reduces or completely eliminates the need for synthetic lawn fertilizers. Consequently, grasscycling can benefit your pocketbook, your lawn and your environment.
Want to learn more about how you can reduce fertilizer and pesticide use? Become a Certified Master Composter or visit the Texas SmartScape™ official Web site.
For additional information, visit www.epa.gov/pesticides/controlling/garden.htm.