HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE- Landscaping

The way you landscape can help reduce groundwater and ocean pollution by preventing erosion and filtering out runoff pollutants. Here are some landscaping tips:

Fertilizer Use
Fertilizer in the groundwater can increase movement of nitrates and phosphates into the ocean- this directly contributes to algal blooms and coastal pollution which threatens our marine life. If you are going to use fertilizer it must be used at the right times and in the right amounts.

 Pesticide Use
Try to use as little pesticide as possible- this includes insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and rodenticides. Pesticides are chemicals that are designed to kill things and can be harmful to human health and the environment if used in improperly. Pesticides can leach into ground water tables and end up in our water table or the near shore ocean. It is estimated that home gardeners use more pesticides per square foot then farmers use in their fields. Here are some ways you can cut down on pesticides and still have healthy landscaping:

Pesticide Alternatives:

Some common household pests can be controlled with these methods:

Water Use
Overwatering can create runoff and leach nutrients and pollutants into the groundwater.