Spring will be here March 20th and the Lake Committee offers a few friendly reminders in regards to the health of our lake. Even if you do not live on or near the lake, these recommendations apply to all properties in LHCC. Phosphorus is one of the most troublesome pollutants in storm water runoff and is the primary cause of water quality problems in our lake. Everything that is or was living contains phosphorus. It is in leaves, lawn clippings, animal wastes and is an ingredient in many lawn fertilizers. When storm water runoff enters our lake, it carries this excess phosphorus which feeds algae growth. Limiting phosphorus reduces algae blooms. You can reduce the amount of phosphorus entering our lake by adhering to the following guidelines:
- Clean up after your pets.
- Do not use plant fertilizers for lawns.
- Only use fertilizers that do not contain phosphorus on your lawns. These are available at many local stores such as Lowes, ACE, or Home Depot (Look at the middle number on the bag. It should be zero, e.g., 32-0-10 or 28-0-4).
- The exception is for new lawns where phosphorus is needed for root development. If your lawn is not new, avoid anything labeled as a starter or new lawn fertilizer.
- There are many that are phosphorus free: Sta-Green products, Scott’s Step 2 or 3, or Scott’s Turf Builder Weed and Feed.
- Do not over-fertilize your yard. Apply only the amount of fertilizer your lawn needs. (Look at the bag!)
- Water lawns immediately after applying fertilizer.
- Do not put fertilizer on streets and sidewalks. (Release the handle on your spreader.)
- Control erosion around your house. (Plant bushes, trees, or shrubs.)
The Lake Committee also reminds you that boating registration is available at the office for the 2018 boating season. 2017 Stickers expired on 2/28/18 since the new boating year starts each year on March 1st. The deadline for renewal of a marina slip is March 6th and boat storage renewal is due by March 13th.
by Lake Committee