Brooks Lake Association
       Be a good neighbor

Environmental Tips

  • Do you routinely have your soil tested? A soil test - which is approximately $9.00 from the MSU-Extension office - will give you a personalized fertilizer recommendation for your yard or garden.
  • If you fertilize your lawn, do you carefully follow the instructions on the bag and use no more than one pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet?
  • Do you purchase fertilizer that is in a slow-release form, which has a less chance of polluting water than fast-release fertilizer?
  • Do you avoid applying fertilizers before a heavy rain?
  • Do you immediately clean up fertilizer or pesticide spills from pavement and other hard surfaces?
  • Do you mow high (3 inches or greater)? (A taller grass can better retain water, compete for nutrients and shade out weeds.)
  • Do you use non-chemical or low-chemical methods for dealing with pests?
  • Do you compost yard wastes?
  • Do you avoid burning yard wastes near the shore, so that phosphorus-rich ash doesn't end up fertilizing the lake?
  • Have you installed a buffer strip of native plants to prevent erosion, capture storm water and provide wildlife habitat?
  • If you fertilize, do you use a No-Phosphorus fertilizer? (Phosphorus can cause excessive aquatic weed growth.)
  • Do you leave a buffer strip at least 30-foot wide along the shore where you apply no fertilizer?
  • Do you choose products with the least amount of packaging or with recyclable containers?
  • Do you purchase products that are durable and long-lasting?
  • Do you recycle as many household products as possible?
  • Do you compost yard wastes and kitchen vegetable scraps?
  • Do you avoid burning household trash?
  • Do you read product labels and choose the least toxic product for the job?
  • Do you follow label instructions on household chemicals?
  • Do you store products in their original containers and out of the reach of pets and children?
  • Do you avoid disposing leftover household chemicals in your septic system?
  • Do you save household chemicals for disposal during Newaygo County's annual household chemical collection?
  • Do you promptly stabilize (seed or mulch) bare soil in your yard?
  • Do you direct downspouts and drip lines into vegetated areas where the water can soak into the ground?
  • Do you use vegetated areas in your yard to capture and absorb excess storm water runoff?
  • Do you use sediment barriers during construction or remodeling projects to prevent erosion?
  • Have you minimized paved surfaces around your home to reduce excess runoff?
  • Do you store fertilizers, pesticides and household chemicals out of reach of storm water?