Responsible Lawn Care

Traditional lawn care can produce significant amounts of nutrient-rich stormwater runoff, which can have detrimental impacts on streams, lakes and rivers, adding to issues such as algal blooms, loss of fish and wildlife habitat, increased weed growth, and even beach closings!

So, how can you maintain a lush, green lawn while lessening your contribution to stormwater pollution? The following simple practices are the keys to a healthy lawn... and a healthier community by allowing you to reduce your overall chemical usage while maintaining the same, or even better, quality lawn.

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SOIL TEST KIT FOR HOME LAWNS AND GARDENSPURCHASE HERE -Soil testing is a recommended practice to avoid over fertilization. Applying the correct amount of fertilizer can save money and protect Michigan's water resources. This kit comes complete with everything you'll need to submit a soil sample for testing by the MSU Soils Laboratory.

Homeowners tend an estimated 40 million acres of turf (Environmental Science and Technology, 2005).

If classified as a crop, lawns would rank as the fifth largest in the country on the basis of area after corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay (USDA, 1992).

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