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As we have learned from both the Agency of Natural Resources and the Poultney-Mettowee Conservation District, one of the major contributors to the rapid growth of weeds and algae in the lake is the runoff of nutrients from surrounding properties. Planting a buffer garden along the shoreline is an easy and inexpensive way to help stem this rush of phosphorous and nitrogen from seeping—sometimes rushing—into the lake water.

A buffer garden is simply a strip of plantings, preferably of typical local flora, along the shore. These flowers or shrubs will absorb a lot of the nutrients before they go into the lake. Hilary Solomon of the Poultney-Mettowee Valley Conservation District will even send out a group of volunteers to do the planting. All the property owner needs to do is pay for the plants. Some of your LSCCF directors have already taken the suggestion and have completed or are in the process of getting their own buffer gardens going. Once in place, the garden is an attractive addition to the property, and there is an extra bonus: the garden presents an obstacle that sends the Canada geese looking elsewhere to come ashore.

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If you think you’d like to join the growing number of residents who are helping to protect the lake in this way, you can contact us or contact Hilary Solomon directly by email. She will help you with arrangements, and can provide you with a list of recommended plantings.

 

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