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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Clean Water Starts at Home

Green Lawn

Turf grass has a growth spurt in the fall to store up energy for winter. You can help your grass, save on your water bill, and prevent water pollution all at the same time:

  1. Mulch leaves and grass with your lawnmower to return nutrients to the soil and to help keep them off the streets…and out of our waters! This is so important, in fact, that there is an ordinance against such ‘Illicit Discharges’ in our stormwater (Blaine Ordinance: Sec. 34-568).
  2. Aerate your lawn late August, early-September - How? Use a core aerator, available for rent at many home & garden stores and offered by some lawncare services. Water and air can reach the grass roots more easily with aeration.
  3. Wait to fertilize until after aeration - If you use fertilizer, use it after aerating your lawn. Then it can be absorbed and saved by plants for spring. Fertilizing once per year  should be enough. If you regularly mulch your clippings and leaves, you may not need to fertilize! Test your soil at UMN Extension by contacting them at 612-625-3101 or at soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/.
  4. If you use herbicides, fall is the best time to treat for perennial broadleaf weeds. However, these chemicals can be pollutants- see page 5 of the July/August City newsletter for tips about saving on herbicide use.

Healthy lawns can look great and also be good for water quality by absorbing rainfall!

Information provided by Coon Creek Watershed District 763-755-0975 or email info@cooncreekwd.org!

For more information provided by the Coon Creek Watershed District at info@cooncreekwd.org or 763-755-0975.

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