lawn fertilizers contribute to a massive algal bloom that emerges each
summer in the Lafayette, then spreads to the larger Elizabeth River
sometimes resulting in fish kills. You can help by reducing fertilizer
on your lawn. Follow our tips and we'll help you create healthier soil
that doesn't even need fertilizer!
LAFAYETTE RIVER RESIDENTS
Right now, we have have grant resources that may allow us to bring a
lawn care specialist to your lawn for personalized guidance to achieve a
fertilizer. You're eligible if you live in the Lafayette area and you
are currently fertilizing your lawn. Call or email John McLeod,
What You Can Do to Make a
- Reduce or eliminate fertilizers on lawns.
The typical American applies many times the recommended amount of
- If you use a lawn care company, print and
these questions for your lawn care provider.
- Download our
easy guide to a beautiful but river-friendly lawn.
- Your lawn may not need fertilizer or it
may not need the kind of fertilizer that you are using. Find out
with "low impact" soil tests ($10) from A&L,
www.aleastern.com. They offer
river-friendly advice along with soil test results.
- If you fertilize, use organic compost
instead of chemical fertilizers. Fertilizers act as pollutants once
they enter the river. You can either create your own compost or
purchase it from a garden supply center. Discover more about
- Overseed thin areas in the spring and
fall to crowd out weeds. Just rake to expose the soil, spread the
seed and cover the 1/4 inch of compost or soil.
- Mow high. Mowing with your blade set low
exposes your lawn to weeds, disease and pests.
- Go easy. Kill weeds by applying a 10%
vinegar solution to unwanted plants. Use mild soap and water as an
alternative to more harsh chemical pesticides.
- If you're not already a
River Star Home, sign up to
For an easy start on "green" lawn care,
get help from any company on the following list of Hampton Roads lawn
care operators participating in the DCR Water Quality Agreement Program
as of March 15th, 2011.
789 Seahawk Circle, Suite 105
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Bay Horticultural Services
505 Gawain Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Cooper's Landscape Management
213 Jersy Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
James River Grounds Management-Portsmouth
3127 Ballard Ave.
Portsmouth, VA 23701
K & D Round's Landscape Service
3478 Westminster Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23504
Katie Schmitz Landscaping
1140 White Stone Way
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Lawn & Gardens Plus
2400 Marsh Creek Court
Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4071
Morris Lawn/T.G. Morris Ent., INC.
701 Industry Drive
Hampton, VA 23661
NaturaLawn of America
Hampton Roads Virginia Office
1612 Centerville Turnpike Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Phone: (757) 479-0800
TruGreen, Newport News Branch
811 Blue Crab Road
Newport News, VA 23606
ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance - Virginia Beach Branch
1868 Mt. Pleasant Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance - Williamsburg Branch
229 Redoubt Road
Yorktown, VA 23692
DCR's Water Quality Agreement Program or contact:
Urban Nutrient Management Specialist
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Learn even more about
fertilizer...and avoiding it with great results... from the
resources at right.