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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Consider local water sources when caring for your lawn

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Beautiful weather in Lakeville means residents can turn their attention to lawn care and maintenance for the ensuing months. When it comes to properly disposing of the resulting yard waste, here are a few things to keep in mind.


To protect local water sources, the City of Lakeville does not allow dumping of lawn clippings and other yard waste on City property. Dumping these materials in or near bodies of water – whether it’s a stream, lake, pond or wetland – causes algae blooms in the water due to excess nutrients from the materials.


Natural phosphorus occurs in lawn clippings, which is beneficial to lawn care but detrimental to water sources. Leaving grass clippings on your yard can cut out one fertilizer application per year, but dumping clippings into bodies of water decreases quality and clarity of our local water sources.


The ideal solution for disposal of yard waste is to compost these materials on your own property and away from contact with the wetland.


Yard waste pickup season is now in effect for all residential waste haulers in Lakeville for those who prefer not to leave clippings on their yard. Contact your local waste hauler to set up a weekly pickup plan or to schedule a one-time yard waste pickup.


An additional option for yard waste disposal is to drop off materials at sites such as The Mulch Store. All Mulch Store locations except Rockford accept yard and wood waste and pricing is based on cubic yards.

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