Lawn & Garden

Yard Waste

Yard waste can clog storm drains, which can result in localized flooding.

  • Do not allow soil, leaves or grass clippings to accumulate on your driveway, sidewalk or on the street.
  • Compost yard waste and use it to condition your soil.


Fertilizers contain large amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen, which can cause algae blooms in aquatic areas. These blooms deplete oxygen in the water and can kill a large number of fish.

  • Avoid the use of fertilizers.
  • Use native vegetation to reduce maintenance.
  • Test soil every 3 to 4 years to maintain proper nutrients.
  • Use organic fertilizers such as manure and compost.
  • If you use fertilizers, read the label carefully and do not over apply!
  • Sweep; do not wash any excess fertilizers or soil off driveways or walkways.
  • Never apply before it rains or on a windy day.

Pesticides & Herbicides

Pesticides and herbicides contain toxic materials that are harmful to humans, animals, aquatic organisms and plants.

  • Carefully follow the directions on the label. Do not over apply.
  • Minimize the use of herbicides and pesticides.
  • Use natural alternatives whenever possible.

Free Soil Sample Test Kits -limited quantities available!

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Five good reasons to test soil: 

  • Nutrient levels - Test results provide you with soil nutrient levels and fertilizer recommendations when needed.
  • Soil Acidity - Soil pH and exchangeable acidity are measured for the determination of lime requirements.
  • Environmental Protection - Test results identify areas with excess nutrients that can pollute local waterways.
  • Economics - You buy soil amendments only when needed, avoiding unnecessary spending.
  • Health - Soil testing can help protect you and your family by alerting you to elevated levels of lead or other toxic heavy metals.

The Department of Public Works will be offering a limited number of Soil Sampling test kits to residents in Agawam. 
Residents should visit the Department of Public Works at 1000 Suffield Street to request a Soil Sampling Kit - while supplies last.  Kits will include a pre-paid testing form, detailed sampling instructions, packaging for the soil, and a pre-addressed mailing envelope.   Residents will be responsible for postage.  

For additional kit information call 413-821-0624. 
For more information regarding the UMass soil and plant nutrient testing, visit