TRUE BLUE Lawns

Americans are in love with their lawns.

Lawns are where we play and picnic.

Community acceptance comes with a neat green lawn.

To keep our lawns as green as our neighbors’, we fertilize and over-fertilize.

Our Choices Matter!

Now we can see the changes.

Adding toxic chemicals– fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides– to our lawns pollutes Torch Lake.

Torch Lake is turning green.

Fertilizers make the grass and the lake grow greener.

Excess nutrients cause algae to grow on the bottom and rocks are slimy and the sandy bottom’s squishy.

Plus- our drinking water may now contain toxic chemicals.

Photo: Deanna Seifried

You can Care for Torch!

And it’s simple to do.

Just follow these Lake-friendly Lawn Tips:

  1. Keep a No Mow Zone
    Create a barrier of deep-rooted plants between your lawn and the lake or creek
  2. Kick the Fertilizer Habit
    Change the type and frequency of fertilizer on your lawn
  3. Build Healthy Soil for a Green Lawn
    Turn the soil under your lawn from a sandy sieve to a water absorbent sponge
  4. Care for Lawns
    Make little changes in your lawn care routine
  5. Use Lake-Friendly Pesticides & Herbicides
    Keep toxins out of our water

Visit the TRUE BLUE Gallery

Torch Conservation Center exterior

Closed until Memorial Day Weekend 2021
Look forward to seeing you then!

9046B Helena St.
Alden, Michigan 49612
231-676-0566

Don't just wish that Torch Lake will stay blue.
Choose a water-friendly lifestyle - make a difference!