It’s okay to want green lawns and gorgeous flowers. But too much fertilizer or too many bug killers are not necessary.
Scientists have found 23 pesticides in Puget Sound streams, many at levels that can harm salmon and other wildlife. When stormwater flows over our yards and gardens it picks up pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers and carries them into the waterways we swim, fish and play in. These chemicals poison wildlife and absorb oxygen in water, further harming wildlife in Puget Sound.
IT ALL ADDS UP:
Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly. It doesn’t take much of the right product to achieve the desired result. In fact, there are many non-chemical choices for preventing weeds and bugs.
A consumer guide to lawn and garden products – http://naturalyardcare.info/docs/HHW_GARDEN_7.pdf