A healthy lawn that resists disease, drought damage and weeds without applying harmful chemicals is easy to achieve! Chemicals and nutrients common in fertilizers and pesticides are harmful to our lakes, rivers, ground water – and our families.

Grass clippings left on the lawn help retain moisture and are a natural fertilizer.

Compost lasts longer in the soil than chemical fertilizers and is less likely to run-off into the water supply.

Over watering causes run-off and is wasteful. The lawn only needs about 1 inch each week.

Look for the zero-phosphorus content on fertilizer bags. It is the number in the middle, e.g., 18-0-10.

Resource: For more information on efficient lawn watering and a FREE irrigation audit, contact: Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District at www.libertylake.org or by calling (509) 922-5443

In the yard I pledge to:

  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn or use a mulching mower.
  • Use time-release fertilizer or compost in the late fall, if I do fertilize.
  • Use a phosphorus-free fertilizer unless establishing a new lawn.
  • Maintain an efficient sprinkler system without leaks and with correctly aligned heads.
  • Use a water-smart controller to automatically adjust sprinklers to weather conditions. I will monitor the amount of water that goes on the lawn and aim for about one inch each week, including rainfall.