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Creek Friendly Lawn & Garden By making simple changes in how you maintain your property, you can have a big impact on our watersheds! Mow High and Use Less Set the height of your mower to 3 inches as taller grass slows stormwater runoff and requires the use of less fertilizer and pesticides. Have your soil tested to learn which nutrients and pesticides your lawn needs so that you can save money on these chemicals and avoid adding chemicals to the creek that may increase growth of harmful algae. Read product labels to learn the correct amount for application and to determine which ones are harmful to fish, frogs, salamanders and other animals. Consider switching to all natural alternatives. InĀ­ frequent long watering encourages grass to develop deep, drought resistant roots. Do not bag your lawn clippings or throw them in the creek. They will decompose on your lawn and serve as free fertilizer! Also, never put leaves in the creek. Both grass clipping and leaves from your lawn add excess nutrients to the creek when they break down. Plant Natives Native plants are adapted to our local climate and require less fertilizers and pesticides to thrive. They are also more drought tolerant and therefore require less watering. Consider replacing some of your lawn area with native vegetation including flowers, shrubs and trees. Lawn grasses are not native to this region and is therefore high maintenance requiring the application of fertilizers and pesticides. Rain Barrels Install a rain barrel to capture your roof runoff. This water can be used to water your plants. Rain Gardens A Rain Garden is a depression on your property designed to catch and filter the water that runs off your roof, driveway, walkway, compacted lawn areas and other impervious surfaces. Rain Gardens can infiltrate 30% more water than lawn and capture and filter the first flush of stormwater that contains the most pollutants. 38 EASTTOWN TOWNSHIP Y O Compost Yard Waste