Wind and Rain Takes it Away

If you don’t pay attention to the weather, half of your lawn’s fertilizer could be swept away.  Never fertilize your lawn on rainy or windy days when the soil can’t absorb the nutrients in time.  On days like these, nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus can be washed or blown into our waterways.  Too many nutrients create runaway algae blooms that harm wildlife, decrease property values, increase water treatment costs, and strip billions of dollars from tourism and commercial fishing industries each year.

Viewer Tip: Check the forecast! Fertilize your lawn after it has rained, when the soil can soak nutrients up like a wet sponge.  You can learn more about how to fertilize your lawn in the most economical and responsible manner by following these steps.


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(Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  “Effects: Economy.”  Accessed Online May 30, 2012.http://epa.gov/nutrientpollution/effects/effects_economic.html; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  “Act: In Your Yard.”  Accessed Online May 3, 2012.  http://www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution/whatyoucando/act_inyard.html)

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