- Jodi Eberhardt
Reduce the Use of Herbicides
At the lake, maybe learn to live with a lawn that isn't free of "weeds". Living in the woods will have some seed drift from natural areas into turf areas. Many chemicals have very negative consequences to a lake, aquatic life, and the forest ecosystem.
• Keep lawn healthy to avoid the need for herbicide applications.
• When necessary, use the least toxic and most degradable herbicide and follow
• Use corn gluten meal, a byproduct of the corn milling process, as a natural pre-emergent
herbicide that stops the root growth of germinating plants. If you can’t find
it in major retail stores, ask them to carry it.
• Remove dandelions and other unwanted plants from your lawn using hand-tools
instead of chemical applications. If you feel you must use a herbicide for control, do
not apply it to the whole lawn. Instead, use an applicator which allows you to direct
a small spray towards each unwanted plant.