Tips for the Watershed Community
Nippersink in Glacial Park
Photo above of Nippersink Creek in Glacial Park provided courtesy of Ray Mathis 
Think Twice When Fertilizing Your Lawn Each Fall
Everyone lives in a watershed whether you live close to a body of water or not. A watershed is the surrounding land that drains into a lake, stream, or river. It includes drainage systems such as ditches and storm sewers, which means you have a direct effect on water quality.

In the fall, many homeowners realize it is time to fertilize their lawns. The grass has endured the summer stresses and the cool temperatures provide the perfect opportunity for recovery. The benefits of fall fertilization include a healthier turf before winter along with a healthier root system.

Before you fertilize however, think responsibly. Phosphates are a major source of pollution in lakes and streams, and high phosphate levels support over-production of algae and water weeds. Phosphorous comes from many sources such as leaves, lawn clippings, animal waste, and it is in most lawn fertilizers.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has some wonderful videos and publications on Healthy Lawn Care Practices at the following website that you can use to reduce the amount of runoff pollutants in your watershed.    LINK
The McHenry-Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District has established a soil fertility testing program, that enables landowners to collect and submit soil samples for fertility analysis, for the low price of only $20 per sample.  More information can be found HERE
Nippersink Watershed Association
7602 Hancock Drive, Wonder Lake, Illinois 60097