Lawn Care

Woman Dressed in White Fertilizing Her Garden with a Push CartStormwater picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants before it flows into a storm drain and then directly into the closest creek or stream.

Actions You Can Take

Some steps you can take to help protect our surface water include the following:

  • Apply fertilizers and pesticides according to the label and instructions to save money and minimize pollution.
  • Avoid using fertilizers or pesticides before rain is predicted.
  • Cover all materials that are to be used in landscaping projects, such as dirt and mulch. This will keep them from blowing or washing away and into local water bodies.
  • Dispose of yard waste properly. Leaves and other debris should not be raked or blown into the street or storm drain. 
  • Make sure that all stream banks have a healthy riparian buffer. 
  • Plant native species of grasses and plants. They are more drought and pest resistant and require less use of water and chemicals. 
  • Sweep up fertilizer/pesticide spills and dispose of properly. Do not hose off excess.

9 Principles of a Carolina Yard

Carolina Yard and NeighborhoodsLearn the nine principles of a Carolina Yard. Call North Carolina Cooperative Extension at 336-703-2850 for more information about this excellent program.