Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
LAWN AND GARDEN EFFECTS
Stormwater is the water that runs off surfaces such as
rooftops, paved streets, highways and parking lots. It can also come
from hard grassy surfaces like lawns, play fields and from graveled
roads and parking lots.
We are all part of watersheds, which are
geographically-defined areas where runoff drains to a common point.
These watersheds cross municipal boundaries and even individual
neighborhoods. Macungie Borough is located within the Little Lehigh
Every lawn, garden and street is within a watershed.
The types of lawn and garden chemicals we use can have drastic effects
on the streams and rivers within these watersheds. If too much pesticide
and fertilizers are applied to lawns and trees, the excess may be washed
off during the first rainfall event. When these pollutants reach our
streams, they cause the eco-system to deteriorate.
As part of the Borough's ongoing public
education series, below are some tips to follow during lawn and garden
If you need to use pesticides, herbicides, or
fertilizers, following the label directions and apply the correct
dosage. Most products should not be used when rain is predicted.
Organic fertilizers and pesticides are safer to store
than chemical varieties. Still use caution with organic fertilizers
and manure, as their runoff can increase nutrient levels in streams
and damage the eco-system.
Choose plants according to the amount of sun and shade
they will receive. This will help eliminate the need for fertilizers,
watering, and pesticides.
Minimize the amount of times a lawn is mowed by
keeping the lawn height at 2 to 3 inches. A high-quality lawn will
help hold runoff, filters out pollutants by absorbing them into its
root structure, and will require less watering.
Make sure that all yard wastes are bagged properly and
set out for disposal. If possible, try to mulch your yard wastes in
the back yard.
Check out the
Commandments for a Healthy Yard."
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