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How can you grow a healthy lawn and garden and help keep our waters clean?
If it's used carefully. If you use too much fertilizer or apply it at the wrong time, or spread pesticides like weed-and-feed, they can easily wash off your lawn or garden into storm drains and then flow untreated into lakes or streams.
Just as it does in your garden, fertilizer in lakes and streams makes plants grow. In water bodies, extra fertilizer can mean extra algae and aquatic plant growth.
Too much algae harms water quality and makes boating, fishing and swimming unpleasant. As algae decay, they use up oxygen in the water that fish and other wildlife need.
Pesticides on your yard also wash off into streams, harming aquatic life, fish, birds, and possibly our children and pets. So think twice, and contact the Garden Hotline for safer alternatives.