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Improper application of fertilizer can lead to excessive algae and weed growth i…

Improper application of fertilizer can lead to excessive algae and weed growth in our local waterways. Your lawn will only use what it needs; the rest, if over-applied, will just wash off with the next watering or rain event, entering our storm sewer system and ending up in the Arkansas River or other local waterways. Just 1 pound of over-application of fertilizer on the average lawn can lead to 34.2 pounds of excessive algae growth – that’s 1 ton for every 60 homes! You can prevent nutrient pollution by fertilizing at the proper time with the correct amount. Fertilizing in the early fall promotes healthy root systems, leading to stronger more resilient lawns and plants. Other ways to prevent fertilizer pollution include: Have your soil tested to see what, if any, fertilizer is best; sweep up any spills that hit the pavement; don’t apply fertilizer if rain is in the forecast and consider planting more native species to decrease the amount of water and fertilizer needed.

Contact the Canon City Stormwater Program at 276-5265 for more information or visit our webpage at canoncity.org


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