According to our Watershed Biologist, Rob Karner, here are 10 quick things you can do in preparation for the summer season on Glen Lake:
1. Check your septic pumping schedule to see if you need to pump your tank (usually every 3-5 years or more frequently with heavy use).
2. Refrain from blowing leaves and debris into the lake as you clean up your yard. Compost leaves in the woods to return nutrients to the soil.
3. Prepare to gather all hazardous wastes for the spring collection date of June 30 at Glen Lake School (call 231.256.9812 ahead of collection day).
4. Prep your lake water irrigation system after the last frost for summer use, or set up a time to contact a contractor to install one.
5. Mix your compost piles that are away from the shoreline and add new compost.
6. Take shelled corn or other grains off your shopping list so you are not tempted to feed the ducks on your shoreline. By not feeding the waterfowl you’ll keep ducks, geese, and swans from gathering in concentrated groups where they will defecate, introducing harmful E. coli bacteria and excessive nutrients to the water.
7. Sign up for a Discovery Boat Cruise and find out more about GLA’s 2018 projects and initiatives, along with learning what makes Glen Lake and the Crystal River Watershed so special.
8. Take the online survey for the Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program at www.mishorelandstewards.org and become a Guardian. (Please be sure to register!)
9. Pick up all pet waste that accumulated over the winter and dispose in the trash.
10. If you fertilize in the spring, be sure to keep it at least 50 feet away from the shoreline and shop for phosphorous-free fertilizer. HJ Premium Turf Food provides essential nutrients lawns need to be vigorous, lush and green.