Lawn care, landscaping, and pest control practices can be major contributors to storm water pollution, and can also cause local drainage and flooding problems. Fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides can run off your lawn into the storm sewer. Storm water then flows to our local streams where pollutants can harm or kill aquatic life.
Ohio EPA considers nutrients, such as those contained in fertilizers, as the most significant pollutant in Clermont County streams, and if we as residents don’t take steps to control potential pollutants at the source, there is the potential that Ohio EPA could require some very expensive programs and treatment systems to be implemented.
Leaves, grass clippings, and tree trimmings that are swept or blown into open ditches or storm sewer drains clog storm water grates and increase the risk of flooding the streets. Plus, rain water can leach nutrients and other chemicals from yard waste into our local streams. To avoid these problems, yard waste should never be placed in open ditches, street gutters or other areas that convey concentrated storm water runoff.
Lawn Care Techniques to Stop Storm Water Pollution
Use the following techniques to dispose of yard wastes, prevent pond pollution, and conduct soil testing. Also, check out our environmentally-friendly lawn care brochure.
Disposing of Yard Waste
For Clermont County residents looking to dispose of yard waste, including leaves, grass clippings, brush, and tree branches, several options are available. Some cities and villages within the county, including Milford and Williamsburg, allow residents to place yard waste along the sides of the street for later pick-up by the city/village. Some townships, including Miami and Union Townships, offer vouchers for free yard waste disposal. If you are not a resident of these areas, Clermont County residents can bring their yard waste to one of two locations:
For Clermont County residents looking to dispose of yard waste, including leaves, grass clippings, brush, and tree branches, several options are available. Some cities and villages within the county, including , Batavia, and Williamsburg, allow residents to place yard waste along the sides of the street for later pick-up by the city/village. If you are not a resident of these areas, Clermont County residents can bring their yard waste to one of two locations:
Note that there are disposal fees depending upon the size of the load. Check the above web sites or call ahead for specific fees.
Composting your yard waste is another option. Composting yard, garden, and vegetable food waste at home saves transportation and disposal costs and provides an environmentally-sound way to manage waste. To learn more about home composting or to receive a free home composting guide, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Solid Waste District at (513) 732-7745.
Although not recommended, yard waste can be co-mingled with household waste in some parts of the county and will be picked up with your regular waste collection. Some villages may have contracts with a waste hauler that specifically prohibit the disposal of yard waste with household waste. Before placing yard waste out with your weekly garbage, call your village or township to see if this practice is permitted.
Both CSI and Rumpke require that all branches be cut shorter than four feet in length and tied in bundles with string or twine prior to putting them out for pick-up. All bags filled with yard waste or mixed trash must weigh less than 75 pounds.
Mosquitoes are frustrating and hazardous to your health. They carry such diseases as encephalitis, malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. Mosquitoes are drawn to standing water because they need water to complete their developmental cycle. Eliminating standing water will greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes near your home.
Listed below are suggestions to remove standing water:
Pest Control Techniques to Stop Storm Water Pollution
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a common sense approach to long-term pest control problems. IPM emphasizes using physical and biological controls to solve pest problems. Chemical pest control methods are only used if the physical and biological controls fail. Besides being the most expensive, the chemical pest control method requires routine applications and is only a temporary fix to your pest problems.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a common sense approach to long-term pest control problems. IPM emphasizes using physical and biological controls to solve pest problems. Chemical pest control methods are only used if the physical and biological controls fail. Besides being the most expensive, the chemical pest control method requires routine applications and is only a temporary fix to your pest problems.For further information on pest control, review IPM at U.S. EPA’s Website.
Disposing of Pesticide Bottles
Listed below are some pest control techniques that reduce the risk of storm water pollution.
Applying Physical Controls
Applying Biological Controls
Applying Low-Toxin Chemical Controls
Use these techniques only when physical and biological controls fail:
Using Safe Substitutes for Specific Insects
For ants: Place boric acid dust or hydramethylnon baits in problem areas such as entry points. Be sure the compounds are inaccessible to children and pets, as the compounds contain toxic materials.
For roaches: Apply boric acid dust to entry points such as cracks. Place bay leaves on pantry shelves.
For caterpillars: Apply products containing Bacillus thuringiensis to leaves. Caterpillars will eat the leaves, thus ingesting the product.
For garden aphids and mites: Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid soap, 1 cup of vegetable oil, and 1 cup of water. Transfer to a sprayer for application. Do not spray the mix on vegetable plants in the cabbage family.
Reading Pesticide Labels to Ensure Proper Usage
Read the labels on the pesticide bottles. In their enthusiasm to control pest problems, many people use pesticides at over 20 times the limit stated on the bottle. Also, read the insect list on the label to be sure that you are using pesticides that are specifically designed to control your pest problem. Approximately 90% of the insects on your lawn and garden are not harmful and actually help with natural pest regulation.