About Us

Lawn to Lake is a collaborative program promoting healthy lawn and landscape practices to protect water resources in the Lake Champlain basin.

It began in 2006, when several groups in Vermont and the Lake Champlain watershed in New York began pooling resources and ideas to create a coordinated outreach message around the use of fertilizers on lawns. The Lawn to Lake website was created as the home for the Don’t “P” on Your Lawn campaign, which promoted the use of phosphorus-free fertilizer.

The Don’t “P” effort was very successful. The site offered healthy lawn tips and other resources. Many local retailers agreed to stock phosphorus-free fertilizers, and provided informational materials to their customers. In time, both Vermont and New York passed legislation banning the use of phosphorus fertilizers.

In 2015, several of the same organizations came together again to launch the Raise the Blade campaign. This initiative encourages residents, businesses, and lawn care professionals to mow lawns to three inches high in an effort to promote soil health and water absorption.

The Lawn to Lake website was the natural home of Raise the Blade and now serves as the primary resource for healthy lawn care practices in the Lake Champlain Basin.

Staff from Lawn to Lake partner organizations are available to present programs on healthy soils, lawn care, and stormwater management for home owners. Contact us for more information.


Composting Association of Vermont


Cornell Cooperative Extension

518-561-7450 in Clinton Co.
518-962-4810 in Essex Co.

Lake Champlain Basin Program

802-372-3213 or
800-468-5227 (NY & VT)

Lake Champlain Committee


Lake Champlain Sea Grant /
U. of Vermont Extension


Vermont Agency of Natural Resources


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For more information about this program or questions, email lawn@lawntolake.org or call one of the partners.

Visit the Resources page to see free materials available for distribution by local groups and municipalities. Call (802) 372-3213 for more information.