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TO MINIMIZE RUNOFF
Use “soft-scaping” and buffers around the lakefront and any slope or hillside that has a chance to runoff into the watershed.
TIP: Leave a buffer of grass, hedges or native flowers between the lakefront and lawn. You can reduce impermeable surfaces with natural walkways, patios and permeable or gravel driveways. Instead of concrete patios, use natural permeable materials with native plants integrated.
TO SAY NO TO FERTILIZERS
Most lawns naturally have adequate phosphorous for a healthy lawn and fertilizer is not needed. In accordance with NYS law, if you must use fertilizers, get a soil test done at the county Cooperative Extension office to ensure that you are only using the fertilizer that is needed
DO NOT apply lawn fertilizer within 20 feet of any water body unless…
- There is at least a 10-foot buffer of shrubs, trees or other plants between the area you are fertilizing and the
- Fertilizer can be applied no closer than
3 feet from the water using a device with a spreader guard, deflector shield or drop spreader.
TIP: Look for alternatives to fertilizers and if you do use them – never before a storm!
TO STOP THE POLLUTION
Do not throw leaves, lawn debris/clippings, or animal feces into the lake. All of these are high in phosphorous that can contribute to algal growth.
TIP: Always bag lawn debris for disposal or better yet, compost!
TO SAY NO TO PESTICIDES
As well as harmful cleaning agents and other chemicals. The bugs you see in and around the lake are also an important part of the ecosystem. Dangerous pesticides and lawn chemicals can be toxic to aquatic life and promote the growth of algae and weeds.
TIP: Avoid all chemicals; they are also bad for you and your pets’ health. Wash cars and boats away from the lake.