Good ideas have a way of spreading! The Lawn to Lake effort has expanded from Vermont/New York to include southern Lake Michigan! Visit the Great Lakes Lawn to Lake website.

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Raise the Blade - Mow Higher!

What is healthy soil and why is it important? How you care for your lawn affects the health of our waterways, especially Lake Champlain. To improve the health of your lawn, soil, AND the Lake, we recommend:

  • Cut lawn to 3"

  • Leave the clippings

  • Follow the "1/3" rule

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Lake Champlain Sea Grant, UVM, and UVM Extension are researching if differences in soil and grass health exist between lawn cut to 2" and lawn cut to 3" where clippings are allowed to decompose. Ten local businesses/organizations have allowed researchers to use a portion of their lawn to manage and study over time.  

Read more about Raise the Blade research>>


Don't P on your lawn!

Lawn care habits affect local waterways!"P" stands for phosphorus—the most problematic pollutant in Lake Champlain and in many other lakes in Vermont and northern New York. Phosphorus is a nutrient found in most lawn and garden fertilizers. When fertilizers run off from lawns and into lakes, they feed unsightly, smelly and potentially toxic blue-green algal blooms.

Look for the middle number on fertilizer bags to indicate it's phosphorus-free!Make a Switch! It's easy for home owners and businesses to switch to P-free (phosphorus-free) lawn fertilizers to reduce urban sources of phosphorus. Doing so may help reduce algal growth in your favorite lake—and you can still have a beautiful lawn!

It's the Law! New laws in Vermont and New York that took effect January 1, 2012, prohibit the application of phosphorus fertilizers except in certain circumstances. Fertilizer with phosphorus may be applied to new lawns (or non-agricultural turf in the 1st growing season in New York) or if a soil test indicates a phosphorus deficiency.

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website by Lake Champlain Basin Program | updated 09.08.09