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Healthy Lawns, Healthy Lakes

What Does your Lawn Care Have to Do with Fish – or Your Kids?

The pesticides and fertilizers you use on your lawn may end up in our lakes. Scientists have found commonly used bug and weed killers in our local streams at levels that are high enough to harm the organisms that fish eat.

Garden chemicals that get into our lakes and streams may mask the smell that salmon use to find their way home and may interfere with the ability of salmon to reproduce and avoid predators.

Children and pets can also be at high risk from pesticide exposure. In a science journal review of 98 health studies concerning the use of weed and bug killers, half the studies found an increased cancer risk. Why take the risk? Play it safe.

House with beach cove
Design: The Watershed Company, Photo: City of Seattle

Lawns and Lakes Can Co-Exist

Lakeshore property owners can still enjoy a lawn. Ideally lawns should be buffered at the water's edge by native shoreline plantings. You can shrink the size of the lawn, especially in hard-to-grow areas and thereby reduce your maintenance and the potential impact on the health of the lake.

Five Simple Steps to Natural Lawn Care

Shoreline Planting

What do Green Shorelines Look Like?