Lawn care and clean water: How you can help

For many people, spring means one thing: a chance to get outside and work on their lawn, vegetable garden, flower beds, or landscaping.

We love a beautiful (waterwise) lawn and garden as much as you do. But did you know that the way home gardeners use chemicals on the landscape can affect the quality of our drinking water? Overuse or misuse of chemicals can cause toxic runoff.

While the runoff from an individual lawn or garden might not be a big deal, when you combine all the residences in Draper, that can make a big difference!

So what can you do? It’s simple:

  • Apply chemicals and fertilizers sparingly and according to the label. Always follow the instructions on the label. For more information, see Managing Agricultural Fertilizer Application to Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water.
  • Use the recommended amount. Resist the temptation to think that more is better.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste properly. Check out the Draper City website (gov; type “hazardous waste” in the search field) for information about where to take unused chemicals for safe disposal.