Monday, September 21, 2015

Do you pick up after your pet?

Do you take baggies along when you walk your dog?

How do you dispose of your kitty litter?

These may seem like silly things to think about, but pet waste pollution is very harmful to our lakes and ponds. In fact, pet waste can carry tapeworms, e. coli, parvo, Salmonella and other bacteria, that when left in the lawn, can live in the soil for many years. These bacteria can also wash into our waterways during a rain or irrigation event.  According to the EPA, pet waste is as toxic as an oil spill!

What can you do?

  • Use baggies to pick up pet waste when you walk your dog.  Dispose of the baggies in receptacles (such as those shown in the photo on the left) or in trash cans.
  • Scoop the pet waste in your yard.  Use a "pooper scooper" or shovel to pick up pet waste in your yard. Collect it in a bag and dispose of it in your trash can.
  • If you manage a kennel facility, make sure that no waste is washed into low areas such as ditches.  Follow the procedures for pick-up as outlined in the previous bullet.
  • If you have cats do not dump kitty litter into the yard.  Bag used litter and dispose of it in your trash can.   

More on the importance of picking up after your pet

Monday, September 14, 2015

Plant Sale List is Here!

The plant availability list for the Fall Plant Sale is now here!  Check out the list below and make your shopping list accordingly.  

The Polk County Master Gardeners are holding their Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, October 10, 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the City of Lakeland Nursery.  The nursery is located at 4620 US HWY 98 S in Lakeland (use the Oak Hill Burial Park entrance).  

Plants and rain barrels will be offered for sale.  For more information go to the Polk County Master Gardener website.