Protect Lakes when Caring for Lawns

The spring-time urge to get our yards in shape is great, but remember that how we care for our yards affects the health of our rivers, lakes and wetlands.

Everyone lives in a watershed which means that rainwater running off our property into the streets and then into storm drains can carry soil, nutrients, bacteria and other harmful materials into the waters we love, and are concerned about. Grass clippings, tree seeds, and leaves are sources of phosphorus which is released into water when they decompose.

Mow your property so that the grass clippings are directed back onto the lawn and not into the street. Covering bare areas on your property with mulch and planting native or other suitable ground cover will prevent soil eroding from those areas and filling in wetlands, clogging rivers and lake bottoms.

Learn more about protecting our water by visiting the “Minnesota Water – Let’s Keep it Clean” website.