Tips for Lake-Friendly Lawns
One of the most delightful sights of spring in New England is a lush, green
lawn. We all love the feeling of soft grass under foot, the sight of
an occasional wildflower blooming among the verdant blades. However,
no one wants to see these plants growing in the lake, so we
are offering these tips for creating healthier, lake-friendly lawns and
maintaining clean, weed-free water.
1. If you are seeding a new lawn, or want to learn more about your
lawn's nutrient content, pH level and organic content, take a soil test.
|2. Fertilize responsibly. Use only 0-phosphate fertilizer
unless a soil test indicates the need for a low-phosphorus fertilizer. Too
much phosphorus in the lake can stimulate algae blooms and plant growth.
Lawn fertilizers contain three main ingredients: nitrogen, phosphorus,
and potassium. For example, a 10-6-4 fertilizer contains 10 percent
nitrogen, 6 percent phosphorus, and 4 percent potassium. The middle
number represents the percent of phosphorus in the fertilizer.
It is important for those of us living on the lake to look for
products that have a zero (0) in the middle.
3. Do not apply fertilizers and pesticides when there is a threat of rain.
4. Water, if desired, in the early morning. Do not over water.
5. When mowing, maintain a height of 3 to 4 inches. Leave clippings
on the lawn. Higher grass holds in moisture and crowds out weeds.
Lawns-Green, Lakes-Clean Brands*
|Andersons Fortify Lawn Food 29-0-4
Andersons Weed & Feed 28-0-3
Andersons Crabgrass Preventer 30-0-4
Scotts Phosphorus-free Turf Builder
Scotts Four-Step (Step 1) 30-0-4
Scotts Four-Step (Step 3) 28-0-8
||Scotts Lawn Pro Crabgrass Preventer 26-0-3
North Country Organics No-Phos Fertilizer 6-0-6
Luscious Lawn Organic Lawn Care 9-0-0
Vigaro Ultra Turf Phos-Free Fertilizer 29-0-4
Green View Spring Zero Phosphorus 27-0-12
LESCO Professional Turf Fertilizer 32-0-10