Lawn & Garden
Tips for Lawn & Garden Stormwater Health
Your yard can look beautiful, AND protect our water quality!
Rain Garden- check out this how-to on creating beautiful and functional flower gardens to assist in rain absorption!
Low Maintenance Landscaping- sick of mowing that lawn? Here's a great way to incorporate more flora into your yard and reduce your mowing time.
Fertilizer Application- it takes less fertilizer than most realize to correctly fertilize your plants. Read this informational pamphlet and learn about how much is just right for your lawn!
Lawn Watering- a yellowing lawn might not be appealing to most, but either are high water bills! Learn about how you can keep healthy lawns and healthy pockets.
DIRT: When gardening or resodding, keep the soil in place. Prevent erosion by using mulch, straw, ground cover plants, berms, or other barriers, especially near impervious surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways. Covering temporary piles of dirt, and putting straw or mulch over gardens and newly seeded areas will also slow erosion and protect new plants.
FERTILIZERS, HERBICIDES, PESTICIDES: If you must use fertilizer, choose a slow-release fertilizer, and be sure to not over use. Lightly, water in your fertilizer, to make sure it soaks in and doesn’t wash out with the next rain fall. If using pesticides and herbicides, remember these chemicals can alter the ecological balance of wetlands. For instance, certain pesticides eliminate important micro organisms that control algae growth. Choose carefully to ensure your products do not harm water quality and aquatic health. Keep all fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides off paved surfaces and out of drainage paths. Use minimal amounts, do not apply before or during a rain event, and follow all label instructions. REMINDER: Since January, 2005, it is illegal to use fertilizers containing phosphorus in Minnesota! Read more about the law here.
Have a Sprinkling System? Spend Less Money on Watering!
Reminder: City Ordinance regulates sprinkling system use to reduce water waste and strain on our stormwater system. Remember to not deliberately allow your sprinkling or irrigation system to run into streets or drains. Sprinkling system use is permitted May 1-August 31st, on odd/even days (dependent on if address is odd or even), and between the hours of noon and 6pm.