Shoreline Property Management

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Shoreline Septic System
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Lawn to ShorelineExtra careful consideration to lawn care practices on shoreline properties is critical to water quality. A mowed lawn all the way to the water’s edge sends rain runoff carrying fertilizers, pesticides, pet waste, and lawn clippings straight to the water where they can fuel algae blooms that make swimming less enjoyable.
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Shoreline Property Management
Muskegon is home of miles and miles of shoreline properties, many of which have been developed for individual homes. Traditional development ideas, such as the removal of trees and shrubs to provide open lake views, the proliferation of turf grass lawns down to the water’s edge, the removal of shoreline and aquatic vegetation, and bringing in sand to create swimming areas are creating increasing problems for Michigan lakes. Often times this overdevelopment of shorelines can’t support the fish, wildlife, and clean water that are so appealing to the people attracted to the water’s edge.
Shoreline Property Management

Creating a buffer of vegetation between your lawn and the lake, revising lawn care practices, and learning about other potential issues such as septic waste and invasive species can help restore your shoreline to a more natural state, enhancing wildlife habitat and preventing erosion and runoff.
Shoreline Property Management
Shoreline Property Management

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A Field Guide to Invasive Plants (4.3 MB) Learn how to identify and control invasive plant species commonly found along Michigan lakes, streams, and wetlands.

State Floodplain Guide (3.5 MB) This guide will help you understand how and why communities in the state of Michigan manage floodplains to protect people and property.

Helping fish and wildlife on your lakeshore property (1.4 MB) Michigan DNR guide on helping support fish and wildlife on your lakeshore property.

Lakescaping for Wildlife (3.2 MB) A brochure outlining the basics of using landscaping practices that enhance shoreline wildlife habitat.

Native Plants (242 KB) A brochure listing Michigan native plant species.

Protecting Your Waterfront Investment (3.2 MB) This booklet outlines 10 simple shoreland stewardship practices to protect your waterfront investment.

Protecting Michigan's Vanishing Native Lakeshore (1.6 MB) A flyer describing the steps to restore a buffer of vegetation along the shoreline to enhance fish and wildlife habitat.

Living in Harmony with Your Backyard Stream (2.1 MB) A booklet guide to living in harmony with a backyard stream.

Turf Tips: Maintaining Waterfront Turf to Preserve Water Quality (116 KB) A flyer providing specific action steps for shoreline property turf care.

Reduce Goose Invasions

Traditional lawns down to the water’s edge attracts geese, which are grazers. In one week, an adult goose can produce 15 pounds of slippery, smelly droppings. Landscaping your property with native plants along the shoreline is the most effective long-term method of reducing goose invasions.

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