In Your Garden
- Grow various flowering plants to provide nutrients for beneficial natural pest predators, such as birds, ladybugs, lacewings, toads and garden snakes.
- Remove ivy, standing water, animals wastes and rotting fruit, and manually remove eggs, larvae and cocoons to reduce the amount of pest occurrence.
- Naturally eliminate snails by collecting them in an over-turned, propped up clay pot, or in shallow pans of stale beer. Prime times for this collection are in the Spring and late Fall.
- Water the lawn early or late in the day and use water efficient devices. Check sprinklers for proper operation to eliminate runoff into streets and storm drains.
- Make natural fertilizer by composting garden trimmings. Practice "grasscycling", or composting grass clippings.
- Do not blow or rake leaves into streets because they will eventually wash into storm drains. Place into bags or containers for pick up on yard waste collection day.
- Collect lawn and garden clippings, pruning waste and tree trimmings. Bundle or place into bags or containers for pick up on yard waste collection day.
- Protect stockpiles and landscaping materials from wind and rain by storing them under tarps or secured plastic sheeting.
- Prevent erosion by cutting the grass frequently and leaving at least 2 inches of the blade; this encourages deeper root growth which holds the soil in place.
- Schedule grading and excavation projects during dry weather seasons. Prevent dirt from going into streets and storm drains.
- Read the labels and follow directions carefully when using insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
- Look for less-toxic products such as biological pesticides, oil sprays and insecticidal soaps. And remember, more is not always better.
- Use chemicals sparingly and never use them around water, drains, bare ground, or if rain is predicted within the next 24 hours.
- Avoid spills and don't rinse them away if they do occur. Absorb them with sawdust or kitty litter and dispose of the absorbent from larger spills to a hazardous waste collection event.
- Avoid using copper sulfate root killing products.
- Use up pesticides completely. Rinse the containers and use the rinse water as a diluted product. Dispose of clean containers in the trash, or recycle if possible.
- Dispose of unused pesticides as a hazardous waste.
- Store pesticides, fertilizers, chlorine and other chemicals indoors or in a shed or storage cabinet.