The Indiana State Fair is in full swing, kids are back to school, and Labor Day weekend is fast approaching — all signs indicate that fall is just around the corner. The leaves will be falling and fall yard clean-up will consume our weekends.

Lawn and landscape debris, when disposed of improperly, can be a significant source of environmental pollution. Landscape debris — such as grass clippings, leaves, and branches — has a very high nitrogen and phosphorus content. This can actually serve as a natural fertilizer when applied back over the lawn or when composted properly.

It becomes a problem, however, when the waste is washed into storm drains, blown into the streets, or dumped into a lake or creek.When it finds its way into our waterway, the waste products act as a fertilizer, promoting excess algae growth and depleting the water’s oxygen content. This jeopardizes the aquatic life.

How to Properly Dispose of Lawn Waste

Use a Mulching Mower

Take advantage of this natural fertilizer and leave grass clippings and leaves on the lawn. Many lawn mowers have a mulching feature, which cuts the clippings more finely and distributes them more evenly. Alternatively, you could run over them with your lawn mower again to cut them up more.

No Dumping!

Storm drains lead directly to our waterways, so blowing or sweeping the clippings into the street where they will eventually be washed into a storm drain is essentially like dumping them directly into the waterways. NEVER dump lawn clippings or any other landscape debris into storm drains or any water body — this includes backyard creeks, the White River, or Morse Reservoir — just don’t do it!

Sweep Debris from Walkways and Driveways

When clippings or fertilizers are left in walkways and driveways, they end up getting washed into the storm drains. Instead, sweep leaves, lawn clippings, and any fertilizers that get on the driveway or sidewalk back onto your lawn. Use a broom rather than a hose to clean up lawn clippings to avoid washing debris into the storm drains.

Compost

Use the lawn debris to create your own fertilizer by disposing clippings in compost piles. Composting results in a rich natural fertilizer for your lawn, your garden, your flowers and landscaping, Productively reusing the waste instead of disposing of it reduces pollution and saves you money in the process! LEARN MORE ABOUT COMPOSTING 

Community Services

Many communities, including some in Hamilton County, Indiana, and surrounding areas, offer convenient lawn waste pick-up services to residents. What does your community offer? Search the Internet for the services offered in your area. For instance, in Noblesville, IN  and in Carmel, IN

At Landscape Solutions, we are committed to providing our services in a responsible, environmentally conscious way. If you share that commitment, those are just a few actions you can take to make sure you are not harming the waterways.

To learn more about the services we provide and our methods, CONTACT LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS today. If you are a property manager or HOA officer, you stand in a position to potentially make an even bigger impact by partnering with us to provide landscaping and snow removal services to your organization.

Environmentally Safe Disposal

The Indiana State Fair is in full swing, kids are back to school, and Labor Day weekend is fast approaching — all signs indicate that fall is just around the corner. The leaves will be falling and fall yard clean-up will consume our weekends.

Lawn and landscape debris, when disposed of improperly, can be a significant source of environmental pollution. Landscape debris — such as grass clippings, leaves, and branches — has a very high nitrogen and phosphorus content. This can actually serve as a natural fertilizer when applied back over the lawn or when composted properly.

It becomes a problem, however, when the waste is washed into storm drains, blown into the streets, or dumped into a lake or creek.When it finds its way into our waterway, the waste products act as a fertilizer, promoting excess algae growth and depleting the water’s oxygen content. This jeopardizes the aquatic life.

How to Properly Dispose of Lawn Waste

Use a Mulching Mower

Take advantage of this natural fertilizer and leave grass clippings and leaves on the lawn. Many lawn mowers have a mulching feature, which cuts the clippings more finely and distributes them more evenly. Alternatively, you could run over them with your lawn mower again to cut them up more.

No Dumping!

Storm drains lead directly to our waterways, so blowing or sweeping the clippings into the street where they will eventually be washed into a storm drain is essentially like dumping them directly into the waterways. NEVER dump lawn clippings or any other landscape debris into storm drains or any water body — this includes backyard creeks, the White River, or Morse Reservoir — just don’t do it!

Sweep Debris from Walkways and Driveways

When clippings or fertilizers are left in walkways and driveways, they end up getting washed into the storm drains. Instead, sweep leaves, lawn clippings, and any fertilizers that get on the driveway or sidewalk back onto your lawn. Use a broom rather than a hose to clean up lawn clippings to avoid washing debris into the storm drains.

Compost

Use the lawn debris to create your own fertilizer by disposing clippings in compost piles. Composting results in a rich natural fertilizer for your lawn, your garden, your flowers and landscaping, Productively reusing the waste instead of disposing of it reduces pollution and saves you money in the process! LEARN MORE ABOUT COMPOSTING 

Community Services

Many communities, including some in Hamilton County, Indiana, and surrounding areas, offer convenient lawn waste pick-up services to residents. What does your community offer? Search the Internet for the services offered in your area. For instance, in Noblesville, IN  and in Carmel, IN

At Landscape Solutions, we are committed to providing our services in a responsible, environmentally conscious way. If you share that commitment, those are just a few actions you can take to make sure you are not harming the waterways.

To learn more about the services we provide and our methods, CONTACT LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS today. If you are a property manager or HOA officer, you stand in a position to potentially make an even bigger impact by partnering with us to provide landscaping and snow removal services to your organization.

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