As summer approaches, many residents will choose to use fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides and pesticides to make their yard and garden beautiful. Although these chemicals can improve the appearance of one’s yard, they can also harm the water quality of streams if they are used improperly.
The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has many resources to guide you in caring for your lawn and garden while protecting water quality. By following these simple suggestions we can preserve the beauty of Liberty’s streams for the future:
Use native plants
- Decrease the mowing area by planting native flowerbeds and shrubs.
Native plants require little or no maintenance, and less water,
fertilizer and pesticide than grass.
Tune up your lawn mower - Routine lawn maintenance contributes significantly to air pollution in Greater Kansas City.
Compost yard waste
- Composting reduces strain on our landfills, water pollution, and
provides a nourishing additive for your garden. Consider grasscycling -
recycling grass clippings by leaving them on your lawn instead of
bagging and disposing of them has numerous lawn care and environmental
Use lawn chemicals sparingly
- When lawn chemicals are applied improperly, they run off into
streams, harming fish and other animals and contaminating our drinking
Test your soil - Have your soil tested before using fertilizers to prevent over application or using chemicals your lawn may not need.
Dispose of chemicals properly
- The health and safety of people and animals, as well as the health of
our communities and the environment is endangered when household
hazardous waste products -- including many lawn chemicals -- are
discarded in household garbage, sinks or washed down storm drains.
Pick up after your pet
- If not disposed of properly, thousands of pounds of untreated pet
waste flows into streams and lakes every time it rains posing a danger
to human health and aquatic life.
For more information about water quality issues, please contact the Engineering Division by calling 816-439-4500.