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Pollution is probably the last thing most people think of when they gaze across a blossoming garden or a lush, green lawn — after all, this is nature we're looking at! But when we use garden products such as pesticides and fertilizers inappropriately, they often end up where they don't belong — in our storm sewers and waterways, where they can become significant pollutants. On the flip side, healthy lawns and gardens reduce erosion, filter pollutants from water, and provide natural cooling and cleaner air. So where's the balance point for you, the homeowner?
You'll find it in Environmental Guidelines for Responsible Lawn Care and Landscaping. This comprehensive booklet of sensible and simple recommendations and procedures shows gardeners how to be good environmental stewards and have beautiful, healthy home landscapes.
The Guidelines were developed by the Lawns and the Environment Initiative, a coalition of businesses, government agencies, universities, and environmental groups — including NGA — that is working to change the way Americans take care of their home landscapes.
Click here for a list of 10 principles for sound landscaping practices and simple tips for achieving each one.
Download the 46-page PDF file, Environmental Guidelines for Responsible Lawn Care and Landscaping, to learn more about environmentally savvy lawn and landscape care.
For a quick look at how your lawn and garden care practices compare to those of others, check out our Eco-Scorecard.