In 2006, 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.