How to Manage Yard Wastes to Protect Surface Water Resources
A low-maintenance vegetation area around a pond protects the water from common pollutants.
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Lusk, Mary G. 2023. “How to Manage Yard Wastes to Protect Surface Water Resources: SL509/SS722, 10/2023”. EDIS 2023 (5). Gainesville, FL.


Several of the Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL) principles provide guidance on how to reduce the amount of nutrients applied to and mobilized from urban landscapes to water resources. Principle # 7: Recycle Yard Waste and Principle # 9: Protect the Waterfront are two examples from this program that can be important steps towards protecting Florida’s water. The purpose of this publication is to provide guidance on specific actions that you can take to help reduce nutrient inputs to our water, with a focus on the FFL Principles  # 7 and # 9. This publication is intended primarily for urban residents who manage their own landscapes and may also be used by landscaping professionals, homeowner’s associations, and municipal decision makers.
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Lusk MG, Toor GS, Inglett PW. Organic nitrogen in residential stormwater runoff: Implications for stormwater management in urban watersheds. Sci Total Environ. 2020 Mar 10;707:135962.

Yang YY, Lusk MG. Nutrients in Urban Stormwater Runoff: Current State of the Science and Potential Mitigation Options. Current Pollution Reports. 2018;1-16.

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