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CITY OF MANSFIELD STORM WATER MANAGEMENT

LANDSCAPING

How Can Proper Landscaping Practices Help Improve Water Quality?

Landscaping activities include a wide variety of potential water quality polluting sources. Links on this page will help local homeowners and businesses find alternatives to potentially harmful practices for landscaping and offer lower risk alternatives.

Composting is an easy way to create your own fertilizer. Composting is the process of converting vegetable waste into fertilizer material. Leaves from the yard and peelings and uneaten vegetable and fruit from the kitchen can be made into compost, which can then be spread on your lawn or landscaped area as fertilizer.

SmartScape is a program developed to help homeowners and businesses select native or adaptive plants for their lawns and landscapes. Native and adaptive plants require less water, fertilizers and pesticides because they grow well in the types of conditions.

Fertilizers are a serious pollutant in urban areas. Excess fertilizers runoff of lawns and landscaped areas into out local waterways. Once in the local waterways, they can cause harmful algal blooms, which can lead to fish kills and other problems.

Lawn care includes disposal of grass clipping, mowing and water regimes and many other aspects of maintenance. Lawn care also includes the types of plants we decide to use in our lawns and landscaped areas. These maintenance activities and decisions affect the quality of local waterways.

Pesticides and herbicides used to control insects and other pests or weeds also pose a risk to our local waterways. The problem is most of these substances will kill things they were not intended to kill. Once they are washed into our local waterways they may kill fish and aquatic plants, and can cause human health issues as well.

Proper irrigation is an important issue in North Central Texas because of the growing population and limited water resources. Proper irrigation can help to limit watering bans and keep reservoir levels from dropping during drought conditions. Sprinklers should not be turned on while it is raining, or during "dormant", winter conditions.

Rainwater capture, or harvesting, has several benefits. It decreases the amount of runoff by storing runoff from roofs in containers, keeping the volume of water in creeks and streams slightly lower and closer to predevelopment conditions. It also helps reduce water usage because the water can be stored during rainfall events and then used for irrigation when conditions become dry again.

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