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Aug. 9, 2010, 1:32 p.m.
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Reduce fertilizers, pesticides

  • Use compost as a soil amendment to help reduce the need for chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
  • Incorporate native plants in your landscape. They generally require less fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Set mower blades higher to fight weeds and diseases without pesticides.
  • Grasscycle: Leave grass clippings in place when mowing — don't bag them.
  • Use mulch around trees and in flowering beds as weed prevention.
  • If you can't return excess product, contact your local solid waste agency and your state pesticide disposal program to determine if a waste or pesticide program, now commonly called "Clean Sweep," is available. These efforts typically focus on agricultural pesticides, but may also include other pesticides used by homeowners.