Tips for Gardeners


Believe it or not, leaves and grass can be harmful to marine life when you use your garden hose to wash them into the gutter. That’s because once yard waste is in our city streets, it flows into our local waterways and straight out to the ocean, where it decomposes and creates potentially harmful algae. Pesticides and fertilizers washed off lawns or gardens add to the urban runoff mix and are toxic to marine life.

Here are a few simple good housekeeping practices you can follow to assure a healthy environment for your home, neighborhood and our local waterways:

  • Plant a California-friendly garden using native plants. (link to Theodore Payne Foundation)

  • Use a broom to sweep your driveway or sidewalk. Do not use a hose.

  • Use water wisely while irrigating your lawn and garden.

  • Read labels and use pesticides and fertilizers as directed. Do not over apply.

  • Compost green waste or recycle it in your City-issued green recycling bin.

  • Safely dispose of toxic household hazardous waste. The City of Los Angeles offers SAFE Centers that accept unwanted household hazardous waste.