Michigan officials update lawn best management practices manual

By Kristin Smith-Ely

Updates place more emphasis on economical and environmentally friendly practices.

The Michigan Department of Environment. Great Lakes and Energy has increased its best management practices guide for lawn maintenance from eight pages to 16. The updated manual places more emphasis on more economical and environmentally friendly practices, according to an article on the Traverse City Eagle Record website.

The recommendations available here, focus on existing lawn and are under public review until July 29.

Topics covered in the manual include mowing, irrigation, soil management, and pesticide and fertilizer use with the goals of preventing erosion, nutrient uptake, water runoff reduction, groundwater recharge and chemical use reduction.

The practices covered in the manual are only recommendations and not enforceable. However, the manual can serve as a good resource for lawn maintenance and lawn care firms wanting to employ more sustainable practices into their operations.