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Grass clippings and leaves become a resource when used as mulch or compost material. During the growing season, yard waste can account for nearly 10% of Lincoln's total waste stream. For these reasons, yard waste is banned from the Lincoln landfill from April 1 through November 30. Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings.

Yard Chemicals: (fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides)

Just because a yard chemical is offered for sale does not mean it is safe. Pesticides have the potential to cause health problems for people. If you choose to use chemicals, do so in a way that minimizes health risks. Be sure to read the labels and follow instructions. Better yet, ask yourself if you really need to use a chemical or is there a safer alternative? Check with teh Lancaster County Cooperative Extension Office.

Before Purchasing Yard Chemicals:
    Consider hiring a professional applicator who is trained in the proper application of yard chemicals.
  1. Try using alternative methods of pest management (such as IPM - integrated pest management).
  2. Buy the right product for the job.
  3. Choose the least toxic chemical.
  4. Buy the smallest amount necessary to do the job.
  5. Use non-toxic techniques.
Before Using Yard Chemicals:

Test your soil before adding fertilizer. Contact the Lancaster County Extension Office for more information. Avoid using general "week & feed" type fertilizers.

Read and follow the directions on the label. The label will tell you when, where, and how to apply the chemical. Remember, the label is the law!

Plan to spray pesticides in the early morning or evening when winds are generally calmer.

Apply pesticides when winds are calm to avoid drift.

While Using Yard Chemicals:
  • Apply carefully to turf or plant areas only.
  • Use low pressure, large droplet sprayers and keep the spray nozzle close to the ground.
  • Use spot application techniques.
  • Remove toys and wading pools, cover sand boxes, and take pets inside.
  • Protect yourself - wear eye protection, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, rubber gloves, a mask of some sort, and rubber boots.
  • Keep all chemicals off your sidewalk, driveway, and the street. Sweep any granual chemical off of your driveway into your grass so chemicals do not wash into storm drains.

After Using Yard Chemicals:
  • Be a good neighbor - post your yard with "caution" flags.
  • If flags are not available at local hardware stores or garden centers, alert neighbors of your pesticide use in person or through the use of signs.
  • Keep children and pets off the lawn for 24 hours.
  • Thoroughly and separately wash the clothing you wore when spraying. Use hot, soapy water.

When Storing and/or Disposing of Unused Yard Chemicals:
  • Bathe thoroughly.
  • Use up yard chemicals for their intended purpose if possible.
  • Store unused chemicals in a locked cabinet out of the reach of children.
  • Never pour household hazardous waste down the drain, on the ground, in a ditch, or down a storm drain.
  • Triple rinse empty pesticide containers prior to disposal. Use rinseate during normal application.
  • If the pesticide cannot be used for its labeled purpose, take the unused portion in its original container to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Site.

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