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Your landscape includes your lawn, trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetable garden, and groundcovers. The lawn is likely a prominent part of your landscape. While the lawn may need watering and frequent care, it adds beauty to the community and a well-maintained lawn offers many benefits:
- absorbs stormwater runoff
- decreases soil erosion
- promotes neighborhood pride
- reduces the urban heat island effect
- increases property values
- provides space for recreation and relaxation
Use these lawn and landscape care practices to help keep stormwater runoff clean:
- Sweep grass clippings off of pavement and back onto the lawn or use in compost.
- Rake and compost tree leaves.
- Clean grass clippings and tree leaves from street gutters.
- Mow before the grass gets too tall and leave grass clippings on the lawn to promote healthy turf.
- Use fertilizer and pesticides only when needed. Read and follow label directions for all lawn chemicals.
- Sweep fertilizer and pesticides off paved surfaces. Put them onto the lawn or properly dispose of them.
- Do not sweep or hose grass clippings, fertilizer, pesticides, or dirt into the street.
- Maintain healthy plant cover to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.
- Do not stockpile soil, mulch, or other bulk materials on paved surfaces during lawn and landscape projects.
- Pick up pet waste and put in the trash.
- When reseeding/establishing a lawn, use grasses that are well adapted to local conditions and your needs.
- Consider using native plants in your landscape. They look great without much water or fertilizer.
For more information on sustainable lawn and landscape care, see Publications.
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Information presented within the lawn and landscape section of this Water Web site has been reviewed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Stormwater and Greenspace Team. Members include Mary Anna Anderson, Erin Bauer, Sarah Browning, Kathleen Cue, John Fech, Kelly Feehan, Thomas Franti, Roch Gaussoin, Clyde Ogg, Steve Rodie, Jim Schild, Dave Shelton, Richard Sutton and Kim Todd.