By Stephanie Saypannha
The lake committee would like to remind members as they begin to prepare for a new season that it is important to consider the types of lawn and weed treatments used. Lake Monterey has a large watershed area meaning that even if you don’t live on the lake the types of chemicals you use on your lawn can seep into our lake. Fertilizer with a phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium level of 10-0-5 is recommended. If you do live on the lake it is important to not fertilize right up to the shoreline leaving a 5–10 foot buffer with no fertilizer, pesticide or weed killer. Other things you can do to sustain our lake and keep it healthy are not fertilizing before a storm if possible, leave vegetation at the shore to combat erosion, avoid excessive irrigation, follow application recommendations less is more. For more tips you can go to https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/maintaining-waterfront-turfto-preserve-water-quality. We are all looking forward to warmer weather and time at our happy place!