Keep your trees.
Trees along the shores of our streams and the lake hold soil in place and prevent erosion caused by high water, waves and wind. A tree's deep roots trap nutrients and toxins keeping the water clean and clear. Trees also provide shade and keep the water cooler along the shore for spawning fish, minnows and crayfish.
$AVE: Trees lower your heating and cooling bills and increase the life of the paint on your home.
Invest in a greenbelt garden.
A greenbelt garden is a strip of natural vegetation with native plants, tall grasses, shrubs and trees. A greenbelt garden will prevent waterfowl from visiting your small lawn.
The Watershed Center - Grand Traverse Bay funded a project to develop greenbelt garden designs for sunny sites, shady sites and steep slopes in northern Michigan. Visit www.gtbay.org to view these garden plans.
$AVE: Greenbelt gardens require little care. They save money on maintenance and increase the long-term value of your property.