Each year, American homeowners spend hundreds of hours caring for their lawns and gardens. While this results in many beautiful green spaces, landscaping can produce huge amounts of waste in the form of grass clippings, leaves, branches, and fertilizer and pesticides containers. Pesticides and fertilizers can also wash from our lawns and gardens into our waterways, estuaries and oceans. These water sources can then become contaminated. This is an example of what EPA refers to as non-point source pollution. Non-point source pollution is run-off that does not come from a specific source, such as a factory pipe.

Due to the environmental and health risks posed by this problem, EPA has developed recommendations for safer yard care. EPA encourages a type of landscaping called "greenscaping" that helps reduce these environmental risks while still preserving the beauty and health of our outdoor spaces. EPA believes that a properly managed or "greenscaped" garden not only helps the environment, it also saves money.

In Region 2 there are many important estuaries and other bodies of water threatened by non-point source pollution from fertilizer and pesticide use. This page serves as a portal to EPA's information on greenscaping, pesticide and fertilizer use, and other lawn and garden related topics. More environmentally friendly lawn and garden practices will help us preserve important ecological resources.

Lawn Care Tips

 If you choose to fertilize or use pesticides:

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