How do lawn fertilizers/garden chemicals effect ground water?

Residential Turf Applications

Another potential source of contamination to local water bodies and groundwater supplies is from the over-application of fertilizers and other lawn/garden chemicals. Not only do these materials pollute local waterways, but excessive application is both unnecessary and costly to home owners. While it is unlikely that no single residential property is entirely responsible for contamination to local waters, the cumulative impacts of hundreds of properties applying excessive fertilizers can be detrimental to the local environment.

The University of Minnesota’s website contains useful information about lawn fertilization.

By following these guidelines, residential property owners can work together to ensure that our local waters are safe and clean for future generations to enjoy.

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1. What is Groundwater?
2. Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From?
3. Does the protection plan cover private wells?
4. How do I dispose of Household Hazardous Wastes?
5. How do lawn fertilizers/garden chemicals effect ground water?