Our goal is to protect the Bellport Bay and to provide a safe and healthy environment. To accomplish this, we must stop the nitrogen runoff. Let's bring the bay back to what it once was, a thriving and sustainable ecosystem, with both commercial and recreational harvesting of shellfish.
How You Can Help - What You Can Do
Follow these tips for Lawn Care:
Mow your lawn high, to 3 to 4 inches (if the grass is higher than the weeds, the weeds are crowded out, and grass has deeper healthier roots)
Mulch mow and leave grass clippings on the lawn (the clippings are a natural fertilizer). Mow when grass is dry and it disappears quickly.
Water your lawn for longer periods of time, and fewer days (force roots to grow deep and stop drowning the good micro-organisms, and making happy homes for mosquitos and ticks)
Mulch mow leaves and leave the mulch on your garden beds, this acts like a blanket for your garden in the cold weather. The leaves will decompose and become nutrient rich compost. Why buy compost when you can make your own. And no chemicals!
Test your soil to see what it needs. If the soil needs food, in the fall, put down compost, vs. chemicals. A yard of good compost is not only cheaper, but healthier as it is full of microbes, and more environmentally friendly. Do you want to walk on chemicals or good old fashion dirt!
Consider leaving a portion of your lawn/property wild, create a meadow with native trees, bushes and grasses. Your meadow will become a host to native wildlife such as lady bugs, butterflies, pollenators and birds. You just mow once a year, in early spring. No weeding, no fertilizing and water only to get shrubs and trees established. This saves you time and money, plus creates a favorable environment.
If you are replacing your septic system, replace it with an Innovative and Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (I/A PWTS). The new systems significantly reduce the nitrogen and other contaminants from leaching into the ground, and ultimately into the Bellport Bay.
Call the Suffolk County Department of Health-Reclaim Our Water - 631-852-5811