Lake Nutrients

  • If you fertilize your lawn, don't fertilize prior to rainy days, and leave a 10ft. strip of unfertilized lawn along the lakefront
  • Use a phosphorus free fertilizer (Example, the middle number in a fertilizer description indicates the phosphorous level- 20-0-10 indicates a phosphorous free fertilizer).
  • If you have a lawn care provider, please check to see if they have a phosphorous free treatment and ask them to follow the applications recommendations contained in this article.
  • Install a greenbelt of vegetation between your lawn or septic tank and the lake.
  • Aerate your lawn periodically. Add seed and mulch to exposed soil to prevent erosion.
  • Do not let the grass blow into the lake while mowing. Remove fallen leaves and branches near the shore.
  • Remove aquatic weeds and other debris that wash up along the shore to prevent them from decaying.
  • Remove dog droppings, goose/duck droppings and deposit them in trash or compost.
  • If you have a fire along the lakeshore, remove the ashes so they won't wash into the lake.
  • Be careful not to let chemicals from the house or garage spill where they may run into the lake.
  • Check around the shoreline for erosion. These add to the nutrient load of the lake.
  • Do not release aquarium fish, plants, or snails into the lake.

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