Many people use fertilizers, weed killers and pesticides to enhance their yards and gardens. But, if you use too much of these products or apply them at the wrong time, they can end up in lakes, streams, Puget Sound, and other marine waters.
What you can do to help
- Read your product labels. Follow the instructions for safe use and disposal.
- Use fertilizer sparingly. Test your soil to find the right dose and type to match the your plants’ needs.
- Don’t treat your lawn or garden before a rainstorm.
- Use slow-release fertilizers and other more environmentally friendly products.
- Try non-chemical alternatives. Use compost. Plant companion plants that deter pests. Pull weeds by hand. Use mulch. Trade your lawn for native groundcover or shrubs.
- Get expert advice about lawn and garden products from Master Gardeners at your county WSU Extension office.
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