This months musing: how many floating cattail bogs have you seen?
Are we at a record lake level? No, but close.
Lake Vegetation Mgmt Plan
We worked closely with Lake Restoration and the DNR to get our General Permit renewed for 5 years! APM's are in process as well. We can start May 13th this year so we can try to get ahead of the early growing season. This is a first for our program as well.
This years Weed Control Program to be started earlier this year. We've submitted our APM permits to Lake Restoration for processing.
With the high water we should have we're hoping to get a jump on lake management activities earlier in the season.
Don't fertilize your grass too early in the spring! We don't want excess "P" in the lake.
University of Minnesota Turfgrass runoff study
• Phosphorus in water runoff, the soil, and grass plant tissue
increased linearly with increasing P fertilizer application rate
• 86% of phosphorus runoff occurred when soil was frozen
• 78% of water runoff occurred when soil was frozen
• 72% of runoff P was water soluble reactive phosphorus – the form most available to plants (algae)
• P runoff can be reduced without affecting turf quality by not
applying P fertilizer when soil test P levels are high
• However, these results should not be extrapolated to infer that no fertilizer of any type should be applied!
• Properly fertilized turf can reduce P runoff
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Let's Talk Cattails
Muscrat Populations are up. They help control the cattails.
The image of Shavers Lake in the 1905 map below doesn't look at all like it is today. That's how much we have changed the shape and state of the lake. We need to be a great steward to protect this watershed from disappearing completely, which has almost happened twice in the past 30 years.