Keeping our Community Beautiful and Healthy
Test your soil every 3 years or before applying fertilizer so you aren't wasting money and our streams aren't getting excess fertilizer. There are inexpensive kits online and many plant sales in the spring offer free soil testing. Remember to take the sample 4 to 6 inches below the surface for an accurate test.
Keeping the right amount of nutrients in your soil will help your plants grow and your lawn stay green. Over-fertilizing is just as bad for your lawn and garden as under-fertilizing; both result in plants that are stressed, better hosts for bugs, or dead. Over-fertilizing will cost you money and create a problem for our streams and rivers by reducing the oxygen available for fish and other animals living in our streams.
Don't fertilize your lawn and gardens if rain is forecast within 24 hours. It will waste your money because the fertilizer will dissolve in the rain and end up in our streams and rivers.
Did you know that acidic soils limit the amount of nutrients available to plants? Before adding fertilizers, raise the pH with either lime or a neutral-pH compost. NewGrow compost has a neutral pH of 7.0 on average.
Read more about pH and its effects on nutrients from the OSU Cooperative Extension's webpages.
Congratulations to Falls City on becoming Tree City USA member in 2016 with the Arbor Day Foundation!! This is quite an achievement.
You can help beautify our city and keep our air clean by planting or maintaining trees and native plants.
Certain types of trees also grow well in low drainage areas, absorbing water and minimizing soil erosion.
Below are some useful links for enhancing your property and doing it with practicality. Native plants are low maintenance and natural rains take care of most watering needs.
Sewer do's and don'ts to keep our system functioning properly and our community healthy!
There are a number of do's and don'ts that will help ensure a long life and minimal maintenance for your system. As a general rule, nothing should be disposed into any wastewater system that hasn't first been ingested, other than toilet tissue, mild detergents, and wash water. Click the links for additional guidelines and tips.
Wipes clogged in sewer
Take a Stroll with Fido
Follow this link to see how just a little effort has huge benefits for your community and area wildlife.
Each of us doing our part can to reduce pollutants and toxins in our waterways.
What is a TMDL?
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has determined the Total Maximum Daily Limit (TMDL) of specific pollutants from our streams that can enter the Willamette River without greatly affecting it. While most people are familiar with the limits that are placed on end-of-pipe discharges, the TMDL program covers pollutants that enter a stream through runoff from driveways, streets, roofs, lawns, and fields.
Why is this important? Whenever people create a city, town, cultivate fields, or change forests, the rivers and streams carry more sediment, oil, litter, feces, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other chemicals than normal. The increased amount of pollution affects aquatic life in the stream and changes its characteristics. Stream banks erode, stream bottoms change from gravel and sand to muck, invasive species such as blackberries grow along the banks, and algae becomes more common. The TMDL limits on our streams will reduce the extra pollution entering our streams and the Willamette River.
In September of 2006, the City was notified by DEQ that we need to reduce the temperature and the amount of bacteria and mercury being discharged to the Willamette River. Three minimum measures were required to accomplish these tasks including public education, erosion control, infrastructure maintenance, and stormwater management. A progress report, available on our Major Document Center main page, is sent to DEQ every year. Every 5 years, our program is summarized and updated. DEQ approved the goals and objectives outlined in the Falls City 2009 TMDL Report.