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Make an investment in the environment, starting with your own backyard.

All lawn and garden fertilization programs should begin with a soil test. The test will tell you which nutrients may be deficient in your soil. Soil tests provide specific fertilizer recommendations for your lawn and/or garden and can help you avoid over-application of fertilizer.

Fertilizers are one source of non-point source pollution, which accounts for 60% of the water quality problems in Ohio. When it rains, excess fertilizer runs off the lawn into the storm sewers or ditches ultimately ending up in our lakes and rivers. Problems resulting from excess fertilizers in our waterways include poor stormwater quality, dead fish and aquatic animals, weed-choked lakes, loss of habitat and species diversity, and flooding. For more information on soil testing contact the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District at 330-926-2452.