Landscape and Gardening

LakeSmart Living

At the CLPA Annual Meeting Krystal Costa  spoke about the LakeSmart Lake-Friendly Living Program offered by NH Lakes. It's a free, voluntary certification program that recognizes and rewards property owners who maintain their homes and the surrounding landscape in ways that help keep lakes clean and healthy.   A comprehensive guide to the program and supporting resources can be obtained here:

Fall Day on Canobie Lake 2017

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Such vibrant colors explode across the shorelines of Canobie Lake.  Thank you to Pat Macoul for sharing this wonderful photo shot from the shoreline by Salem's Water Pumping Station.

Anyone with a Facebook page can share more Fall photos on our Facebook Page by tagging @CanobieLakeProtectiveAssociation

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Please don't put yard waste in the lake

We'd like to encourage folks to not put yard waste in the lake. This includes leaves, grass clippings, branches and brush. This material ultimately settles to the bottom of the lake, decomposes and makes a fertile bed for weeds to grow. And we're all concerned about keeping the weed growth down.

We know that some leaves blow into the lake naturally. But we don't need to add to it. That just accelerates a process called eutrophication, which is not a good thing. If you see somebody doing it, please give them a friendly reminder that it's not good for the lake. If you don't have a place to put yard waste on your own lot, Windham and Salem provide places where it can be dumped and turned into compost.

Robie Parsons from NH Lakes to be Guest Speaker at CLPA meeting

Robie Parsons, the program coordinator for this summer's Lake Conservation Corps project at Canobie Lake will be speaking about the project at the CLPA Annual Meeting on July 20, at 10 AM.  This project involves local high school students doing landscaping projects which demonstrate the best methods for protecting the water quality of the lake, while at the same time achieving attractive and functional landscaping.  Robie will describe several projects which are planned for the Canobie Lake watershed this summer. She will answer questions about these projects, and landscaping projects you may be thinking about. Robie is with the NH Lakes Association, which has developed the Lake Conservation Corps.  The Canobie Lake Protective Association is partnering with NH Lakes for this summer's projects.  Funding is provided by a grant from the NH Department of Environmental Services.

Zero Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizers

The NH Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act permits only low-phosphorus lawn fertilizers in the protected shoreland, and no fertilizer at all within 25 feet of the lake.  The reason is that phosphorus is the limiting nutrient in NH lakes.  More phosphorus leads to more algae, and more weeds.  Fortunately, most NH soils have enough phosphorus already to grow good grass without adding any more. There's nothing lower than zero!  And currently there are a lot of Zero phosphorus lawn fertilizers on the market.  Look for a fertilizer with a zero middle number, for example 36-0-4 (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potash).  Recently at Cyr Lumber in Windham we saw the following:

Scotts Super TurfBuilder with crabgrass preventer  36-0-4

Green Turf Winterizer 24-0-12

Ace Green Turf 29-0-3

Ace Green Turf with crabgrass preventer 36-0-4

Scotts 4-Step  32-0-12

If you mention at Cyr that you are from the Canobie Lake Protective Association, you'll get a 10 percent discount off the Scotts fertilizer.

Walmart and Dodge Grain in Salem also carry Zero phosphorus fertilizers, both Scotts and their house brands.  They are likely available at other retailers, too.

Shoreland Homeowners Guide to Stormwater Management

The New Hampshire Shoreland  Homeowners Guide to Stormwater Management offers do-it-yourself stormwater solutions for your home.    This guide was developed to help  residential homeowners better manage stormwater on their properties.  It can also be used by communities as an outreach tool to encourage better stormwater management on private properties. This practical guide provides fact sheets with step-by-step instructions to install do-it-yourself stormwater treatment practices, such as dry wells and rain gardens.  These stormwater treatment practices, also called low impact development (LID)  practices, help protect nearby streams and ponds from stormwater pollution, and help reduce flooding, create wildlife habitat,  recharge groundwater, and conserve water resources.

To view the guide, click on the following link:


Landscaping at the Water's Edge

Landscaping at the Water's Edge: An Ecological Approach, a book published by UNH Cooperative Extension, 2007.  A manual for New Hampshire landowners and landscapers.  The book contains chapters on vegetative buffers, landscape design, plant selection, environmentally friendly lawn care, and lists of recommended plants.  It has good photos and drawings. It may be downloaded for free from: , or a printed version may be purchased from the Cooperative Extension for about $20. (UNHCE Publications Center, 16 Nesmith Hall, 131 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824) ___________________________