Spring is here! If that means it’s time to start cleaning up the yard, be sure properly bag and dispose of last year’s leaves, and use a slow-release, non-phosphorus fertilizer (look for “0” as the middle number). And as an alternative to fertilizer, consider scattering fresh grass seeds, aerating your soil, or planting some of the native shrubs you’ve seen. Compost is another good alternative to chemical fertilizers. If you’re planting a tree, remember to be aware of overhead power and communications lines. Eversource suggests these trees for planting near overhead lines. Also, consider setting up a rain barrel. Rain barrels are a great way to collect rain water and reuse it to water plants around your yard.
If you use too much fertilizer, the excess will just wash away in the next rain, polluting our local waterways. Want more tips? Visit our City of Woburn Stormwater Information Hub Page or www.mysticriver.org/stormwater. Organic fertilizers are a better long-term solution to fertilizing your lawn and plants. They feed and augment the soil, while synthetic fertilizers only feed the plant.