LANDSCAPING TO PROTECT WATER QUALITY


Contributors: T.E. Bilderback, Extension Horticulture Specialist; A.H. Bruneau, Extension Crop Science Specialist; S.C. Hodges, Extension Soil Science Specialist; L.T. Lucas, Extension Plant Pathology Specialist; W.A. Skroch, Professor Emeritus; S.L. Warren, Associate Professor, Horticulture Science
The way in which the landscape is managed has an impact on the quality of surface water and groundwater. Groundwater is the primary source of drinking water for 55 percent of all North Carolinians and 97 percent of the state's rural residents. Many effective techniques that prevent and reduce water contamination by sediment, fertilizers, and pesticides are based on common sense. The techniques discussed in the following sections can be used to develop a landscape maintenance plan that will help protect water quality.

FERTILIZER AND SOIL AMENDMENTS
WEED CONTROL AND HERBICIDES
PESTICIDE SELECTION AND USE ON TURFGRASSES
PESTICIDE STORAGE AND DISPOSAL
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