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Yard Care and Outdoor Housekeeping

  • Soil test to see if you need to fertilize your lawn – most lawns need only one fertilizer application per year – some don’t need any.  Soil testing will give you the information and may save you money in the long run.
  • Mow the lawn between 2.5” and 3.5” high to save water, keep pests away and discourage weeds.  Allow grass clippings to remain on the lawn – they serve as fertilizer!
  • Consider planting native plants – they are hardy over Michigan winters, don’t usually require fertilizer or watering. 
  • Go Natural – consider leaving some lawn area to grow in a natural state to eliminate lawn mowing, watering and the use of chemicals.  Habitat for birds and other wildlife can be a lovely result.
  • Consider installing a rain garden to manage storm water on your site. 
  • Please remember that no fertilizer is allowed in wetlands or within 25 feet of any wetland, lake or stream.



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