Most people living near Brooker Creek take pride in having an attractive
lawn. Residents spend hours mowing lawns, planting shrubs and trees
and making sure everything is healthy and attractive. Indeed, having
a well-groomed yard can be beneficial to the watershed.
Maintaining vegetation keeps soil in place and prevents rain from
washing it into streams and lakes. Lawns, compared to paved areas,
are also helpful in catching rainwater and allowing it to evaporate
or soak into the soil.
Unfortunately, in their zest to create the most attractive lawn or
garden, residents sometimes contribute to watershed pollution. Fertilizers
are helpful while establishing a lawn but, if over-applied, water
washes the nutrients from the lawn into ponds and lakes where it causes
excess algae growth and affects water
quality. An additional drawback to grass lawns is they often require
the most water in the landscape. Native shrubs and plants tend to
require less care and additional watering to remain healthy and add
to the aesthetic beauty of the yard.