Brooks Lake Association
Be a good neighbor
Brooks Lake Association
Do you routinely have your soil tested? A soil test - which is approximately $9.00 from the MSU-Extension office - will give you a personalized fertilizer recommendation for your yard or garden.
If you fertilize your lawn, do you carefully follow the instructions on the bag and use no more than one pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet?
Do you purchase fertilizer that is in a slow-release form, which has a less chance of polluting water than fast-release fertilizer?
Do you avoid applying fertilizers before a heavy rain?
Do you immediately clean up fertilizer or pesticide spills from pavement and other hard surfaces?
Do you mow high (3 inches or greater)? (A taller grass can better retain water, compete for nutrients and shade out weeds.)
Do you use non-chemical or low-chemical methods for dealing with pests?
Do you compost yard wastes?
Do you avoid burning yard wastes near the shore, so that phosphorus-rich ash doesn't end up fertilizing the lake?
Have you installed a buffer strip of native plants to prevent erosion, capture storm water and provide wildlife habitat?
If you fertilize, do you use a No-Phosphorus fertilizer? (Phosphorus can cause excessive aquatic weed growth.)
Do you leave a buffer strip at least 30-foot wide along the shore where you apply no fertilizer?
Do you choose products with the least amount of packaging or with recyclable containers?
Do you purchase products that are durable and long-lasting?
Do you recycle as many household products as possible?
Do you compost yard wastes and kitchen vegetable scraps?
Do you avoid burning household trash?
Do you read product labels and choose the least toxic product for the job?
Do you follow label instructions on household chemicals?
Do you store products in their original containers and out of the reach of pets and children?
Do you avoid disposing leftover household chemicals in your septic system?
Do you save household chemicals for disposal during Newaygo County's annual household chemical collection?
Do you promptly stabilize (seed or mulch) bare soil in your yard?
Do you direct downspouts and drip lines into vegetated areas where the water can soak into the ground?
Do you use vegetated areas in your yard to capture and absorb excess storm water runoff?
Do you use sediment barriers during construction or remodeling projects to prevent erosion?
Have you minimized paved surfaces around your home to reduce excess runoff?
Do you store fertilizers, pesticides and household chemicals out of reach of storm water?