Tips for your Candlewood Lake Home's Yard
IMPORTANT: CONNECTICUT FERTILIZER REGULATIONS
Public Act No 12-155: An Act Concerning Phosphorous
Reduction In State Waters. READ HERE
Keep in mind that during a rain storm, nutrients and chemicals that you apply to your lawn can wash directly into the lake or wash into a storm drain that leads to Candlewood Lake or another local waterway, since storm drains don't lead to water treatment facilities.
Here are some lawn care practices you can adopt to help protect Candlewood Lake and our other valuable water resources.
1) Have your soil tested prior to fertilizing to determine if it needs additional nutrients and if so, which ones - and don't fertilize or add pesticides in the wind or before a rain storm. The Connecticut Cooperative Extension System and The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station both offer soil testing with fertilizer recommendations for the consumer at no charge or for a minimal fee.
2) Use no phosphorous fertilizers to help prevent additional nutrients from entering Candlewood Lake through storm water runoff, which may contribute to algae growth (the "0" in the middle means zero phosphorous). See Public Act No 12-155 for important State of CT regulations. As per CT law, do not fertilize near within 15 feet of the lakeshore or on impervious surfaces.
3) Avoid using hazardous pesticides or lawn chemicals - use eco-friendly alternatives. Help keep chemicals out of our waters.
4) Sweep leaves and grass clippings out of roadside gutters so they don't enter storm drains leading to the Lake thereby adding nutrients to the water for algae and weeds to feed off of. Instead, leave the lawn clippings on your lawn - they're a great natural fertilizer!
5) Compost your leaves and/or weeds (away from the water) to produce great, rich soil.
6) Don't mow your lawn too short. If you remove more than 1/3 of the blade it becomes nutrient and water stressed.
7) Mulch areas of bare soil - it will help to control rain storm erosion that would flow directly into Candlewood Lake or may flow or into storm drains or streams that empty into the Lake.
8) Rake and blow your leaves away from the Lake - never rake them into the water.