Taller grasses and plants act as buffers by trapping sediments, nutrients and toxins carried by rainwater.
Trees and shrubs serve as natural insulators by blocking winds and reducing heating and cooling costs.
Buffers give you privacy between you and your neighbor.
Plant small lawns
Lawns are not natural in our northern landscape,
but sometimes we need a place to play croquet, bocce ball,
badminton and other yard games…or just doing cartwheels.
Small patches of lawn require less care, less time and fewer chemicals.
By keeping your lawn small, you have more time to play and enjoy life in the north.
Instead of planting Kentucky blue grass, a southern native requiring fertilizer,
plant a northern, native fescue mixture, which does not require fertilizer.
Keeping a “No Mow Zone” (an area of five feet or more) between your yard and a stream/ the lake, protects the water quality of the lake. Taller plants soak up sediments, nutrients and toxins.
Make your own fertilizer out of leaf mulch or compost.
If you must use manufactured fertilizer, use small amounts of slow release nitrogen with zero phosphorus.
Michigan is a phosphorus free fertilizer State.