(Dublin, Ohio ) Dublin residents work hard to maintain their properties. All that work has paid off. Dublin is known for its aesthetic quality. But did you know that some of our efforts to maintain a beautiful, lush, green city can actually damage our community? More isn’t always better. For example, many residents use up to three times more fertilizer on their lawns than is necessary or even healthy. Most yards, even those with clay soil, don’t need more than two applications of fertilizer each year, and the worst soils often don’t require more than four applications.
“When we fertilize too much, the excess chemicals go directly into local rivers through storm drains,” said Kristin Yorko, City of Dublin civil engineer. ”Everything flows downstream and so does excess fertilizer. Mis-applied fertilizer will get washed into the storm sewer system which is taken directly to Dublin’s waterways – without any treatment.”
Many lawn chemicals contain phosphorus and nitrogen, which can turn our local waters green with algae, and that’s not the kind of green that we want to be known for. Both the chemicals and resulting algae reduce water quality and can make it unsafe for people, pets and especially, kids.
Yorko said to help educate residents, the City has created a flyer and posted information on the City website with fertilizer guidelines to help residents maintain a lush, green lawn, but also minimize the impact of fertilizer reaching Dublin’s waterways.
And one important tip, whenever possible, use phosphorus-free fertilizer.
“By fertilizing responsibly,” Yorko added “we can keep Dublin’s lawns and waterways beautiful, safe and healthy.”
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