Dispose of pet waste properly. When pet waste is disposed of improperly, not only does our water quality suffer – our health may be at risk, too. Pets, children who play outside, and adults who garden are most at risk for infection from some of the bacteria and parasites found in pet waste.
Proper Septic System usage and maintenance. Did you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system? Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home? Did you know that you should periodically inspect your system and pump out your septic tank? If properly designed, constructed, and maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater. If your septic system isn’t maintained, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater that might be a source of drinking water. And if you sell your home, your septic system must be in good working order.
Create environmentally friendly lawns/landscaping. Lawns do not have to be meticulously managed to be healthy and to look good. Understanding your lawn’s environmental needs and tailoring lawn care practices to suit local conditions allows for a dense, healthy, environmentally friendly lawn with less work and expense. Conservation Landscaping promotes landscape management techniques and philosophies that work with nature to reduce pollution and encourage wildlife habitat. It encourages yard care practices that include using less fertilizers and pesticides, reducing lawn areas, and utilizing native plants.
- Audobon Guide for a Healthy Yard and Beyond - Includes the 10 Commandments for a Healthy Yard
- Conservation Landscaping for Water Quality
- Lawn Care the Environmentally-Friendly Way
- Integrated Pest Management and Biological Controls for the Homeowner
Conserve Water. Water is a precious natural resource that benefits all living things. It provides nourishment for people, animals and plants, and serves as the living environment for aquatic life. Maintaining a safe and adequate water supply is everyone’s responsibility. The daily actions of individuals and communities directly impact water supplies. By making sensible choices, people can preserve and protect household water.
Reduce Waste. When it comes to conserving resources, preventing pollution and saving money, reducing waste far outweighs recycling. Homeowners, businesses and organizations of all sizes can truly do well by doing good. From junk mail to excess paint to food scraps – it takes a lot of time and money to deal with all of this garbage!