Lawn Care Practices
If you choose to fertilize, perform a soil test to ensure that over fertilizing is not occurring. Contact Michigan State University Extensions for assistance with soil testing. Michigan law now bans the use of fertilizer with Phosphorus for residential and commercial turf.
Also never fertilizer near waterbodies - stay at least 20 feet away! When landscaping your yard, plant native plants and grasses to minimize lawn areas.
Click here for a native plant nursery! Leave lawn clippings on the lawn so that the nutrients can be recycled and less yard waste is produced.
Click here to learn more! Spread mulch on bare ground to help prevent erosion of soil.
Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
Spread a layer of organic mulch around plants helps retain moisture, saves water, time, and money in the long run.
Adjust your lawn mower to cut 3 inches from the ground. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
For a fact sheet on lawn care practices
Click the play button below to hear radio ads on ways to help improving water quality! These ads were played on 97.5 FM!
Landscaping for Water Quality Booklet
Garden Designs for Homeowners 3rd Edition
Click on the links below for more helpful tips for lawn care:
National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns
Organic Lawn Care
Michigan State University Extensions Lawn and Garden Care
Berrien Conservation Districts
Van Buren Conservation District
View Presentations from the Landscaping and Gardening Workshop from March 2012
Native Plants and Landscaping by Cardo JFNew
Learning how to Compost by SWMPC
Learning about the Berrien County Conservation District
Using Phosphorus Free Fertilizer by SWMPC How to Build a Rain Garden by The Conservation Fund