Free Buffer Garden!

Help save the lake with a free buffer garden!

One of the things lakeshore owners can do protect the health of the lake is to provide a buffer garden along the shorefront to filter harmful runoff into the lake.  And thanks to a program provided by the Poultney-Mettowee Conservation District, property owners can now have an attractive and functional buffer garden planted for free through a program called LEAP (Lake Education and Action Program)!

With the help of high school and college interns and local volunteers, the Conservation District will plant aesthetically pleasing native trees and/or shrubs on lakeside properties, creating a buffer zone or rain garden which will filter runoff. Household pesticides and fertilizers, along with other solutions used for lawn-care, can pollute local lakes. Sediment erosion from storms and excavation are lake pollutants, as well. Native plant buffers on lakeside properties protect Vermont’s lakes and keep them healthier for all to enjoy, including wildlife.

Here’s a look at a buffer garden planted through this program by a LSCCF Director several years ago.  It works to catch runoff, and has an added benefit:  the Canada geese will not pass through it onto the property. 

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, or wish to get further details, please contact either Ashey Leemans, LEAP Coordinator, by email at or Hilary Solomon, District Manager, by email at, or call (802) 287-6880. To schedule plantings, preferably contact the District by July 1, 2019.