Healthy Yards for Clear Streams online class begins May 18

  • Published: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Healthy lawns make for healthy streams. University of Missouri Extension offers homeowners a new series of Zoom classes on how to keep lawn fertilizers and pesticides from reaching streams.

Healthy Yards for Clear Streams

The live series, “Healthy Yards for Clear Streams,” runs May 18 to June 11. Sessions are 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, except Memorial Day.

The sessions cover environmentally responsible lawn and landscape practices, says MU Extension state forester Hank Stelzer. These practices will help to reduce use of fertilizers and pesticides and prevent applied chemicals from entering local waterways, Stelzer says.

“The end result is a beautiful yard that also helps protect water quality,” he says. “The program’s goal is to promote practices that create beautiful lawns, gardens and landscapes while reducing unnecessary use of pesticides and fertilizers that may run off and contaminate local streams and water bodies.”

Lawn runoff is an often overlooked source of water pollution. “As runoff from rainfall, excessive irrigation or snowmelt moves across the landscape, it can pick up and carry away not only soil but fertilizers and pesticides,” Stelzer says. “Some of these chemicals find their way to streams and lakes.”

“Healthy Yards for Clear Streams” offers homeowners information to share with their neighbors to improve practices for beautiful lawns and healthier waterways.

“You can make a difference!” Stelzer says. “‘Healthy Yards for Clear Streams’ will show you how. Best management concepts and practices for every aspect of your home landscape will be presented.”

Faculty and staff from MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources teach the live Zoom sessions. After each session, participants may ask questions.


  • Monday, May 18 - Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Jim Quinn.
  • Thursday, May 21 - Right Plant, Right Place, David Trinklein
  • Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day, no class.
  • Thursday, May 28 - Basic Lawn Care, Lee Miller.
  • Monday, June 1 - Gardens & Groundcovers, Katie Kammler.
  • Thursday, June 4 - Basic Tree Care, Hank Stelzer.
  • Monday, June 8 - Integrated Pest Management, Lee Miller.
  • Thursday, June 11 - Sustainable Landscaping, Tim Moloney.

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