Fertilizers And Insecticides Around Wet Lands - Knowledgebase Question

Goshen, NY
Question by gunther1
April 3, 2001
we just moved into this house last june. we are working on planting grass in areas up around the house. our property consists of 6 acres,.. much of which is wetlands that also lead to a nice size pond. Naturally we have fish , 2 kind of heron mallards snapping tutles... well alot of wildlife. my concern is runnoff from fertilizers and insecticides into the waters. I dont want ot disturb the wild life. Is there a safe solution for keeping a nice lawn without disturbing the life of the pond and wetlands,... or am i asking the impossible?
thank you, Candace


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Answer from NGA
April 3, 2001

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other purposes, and using ground covers or mass plantings of natives that would require less maintenance and would be able to colonize and grow essentially on their own. You might be able to do this in such a way that you would encourage and accommodate an even wider variety of wildlife and safe yourself a lot of landscaping maintenance work at the same time. Your county extension, area park naturalists and local clubs such as the Audubon Society might be able to help you in determining a plan.

Enjoy your new home! other purposes, and using ground covers or mass plantings of natives that would require less maintenance and would be able to colonize and grow essentially on their own. You might be able to do this in such a way that you would encourage and accommodate an even wider variety of wildlife and safe yourself a lot of landscaping maintenance work at the same time. Your county extension, area park naturalists and local clubs such as the Audubon Society might be able to help you in determining a plan.

Enjoy your new home!

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