PRACTICES WHICH CAN HELP – UPDATE FROM YOUR LAKE WATER QUALITY COMMITTEE
When you own property at Choctaw Lake, you have certain rights and privileges. Along with those rights, comes the responsibility to protect, improve and enhance the quality of the lake for your enjoyment and that of future generations to come, keeping in mind the lake is a resource for everyone to enjoy
What YOU can do:
- Use Phosphorus FREE fertilizers. Look for the brands that have the center number of “0”
18 – 0 – 5
Nitrogen – Phosphorus – Potassium
- Use slow release granular types of fertilizers.
- When mowing, make the first few passes with the lawnmower blowing grass clippings into the lawn, not the street. Never blow grass clippings into the street, lake or ditches.
- Mow more often. Decomposing clumps wash nutrients into the lake.
- Mow high 2.5” – 3.5” and mulch or compost your grass clippings.
- Do not blow/trim weeds, grass and leaves into the lake or ditches.
- Bag your leaves each fall before they blow into the lake.
- Remove storm debris, do not push back into the lake.
- Install buffer zones along the shoreline to help absorb nutrient runoff.
- Plant native plants and grasses.
- When you walk your pet, pick up your pet waste. Pet waste and goose poop can get washed into streams and the lake where we swim and fish.
- Clean up pet and other animal waste from your yard regularly. Feces can wash into our storm drains and lake releasing nutrients and bacteria.
THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING OUR LAKE!!