Healthy Lawn Care Program for Watershed Protection

Contractors: To download an application for the Healthy Lawn Care Program, click here.



BINGHAM FARMS, MI ---- The Healthy Lawn Care Program (HLCP) for Watershed Protection is an environmentally sound lawn care program that participating members of the Michigan Green Industry Association are offering. HLCP partners include the Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA), Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA), Wayne County Department of Environment and Water Resources Commissioner (WRC). The Healthy Lawn Care Program has been initiated to help service company's comply with environmentally sensitive lawn care issues, such as, the over use of fertilizers, pesticides and runoff into storm drains, lakes and/or rivers.

HLCP providers offer consumers additional lawn care options to protect the watershed. The key components of the program are: On-site consultations, soil nutrient testing, fertilizer options (including at least 40% slow-release fertilizer), fertilizer quantities of either two, three or four pounds of nitrogen applied over the growing season (depending on type of turf), low or NO-phosphorus options, advice to homeowners on proper maintenance and cultural practices, such as, mowing and watering. Pesticide options for insect and disease control may include programs such as: no pesticide, spot-treatment for weeds or one-time "rescue operation" for weed control. Please encourage your lawn care company to participate in the Healthy Lawn Program for Watershed Protection!


The MGIA is proud to announce the endorsed member lawn care companies in Michigan (see below). For more information on the MGIA or our members, contact Diane Adrews at (248) 646-4992 or


Funded in part through a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), 2009


For a printable PDF of the Endorsed MGIA lawn care professionals, click here.




Endorsed MGIA Lawn Care Professionals offering the Healthy Lawn Care Program for Watershed Protection

Jim Berns
Berns Landscaping Services Inc.
23500 Blackstone Ave.
Warren, MI 48089
(586) 756-1145

Tom Korth
Classic Turf LLC (A Division
of Westside Forestry)
22510 Hoover Rd.
Warren, MI 48089
(586) 757-7700

Chris Fox
Custom Greenery Lawn Care, Inc.
28252 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
(248) 471-1776

Dave Alexander
D.A. Alexander & Co.
12711 Farmington Rd.
Livonia, MI 48150-1264
(734) 427-0030

W. George Jackson
D & G Natures Way, Inc.
P.O. Box 88
South Lyon, MI 48178
(248) 437-3459

Brett Marshall
Marshall Landscape
24343 Gibson
Warren, MI 48089
(313) 885-7272

Pete Schultz
Metro Lawn Spray, Inc.
P.O. Box 317
New Baltimore, MI 48047
(586) 463-1010

Marty Blaszkowski
Michigan Greens-Keeper, Inc.
P.O. Box 202
Clarkston, MI  48347
(248) 393-0973

Matt Nihranz
Fertilizer Plus
31190 Dequindre
Warren, MI 48092

Tom Bergschwenger
Natural Approach Lawn & Tree, Inc.
PO Box 201032
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 791-2677

Gary Eichen
Mike’s Tree Surgeons, Inc.
263 Park Street
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 588-0202

Ruth Pianga
Mr. Green Lawn Care
9200 General Dr.
Plymouth, MI 48170
(800) 25-GRASS

Tom Morgan
Owen Tree Service
225 N. Lake George Rd.
Attica, MI 48412
(800) 724-6680

Paul Peacock
Peacock Landscaping, LLC 
4066 Harris Rd. 
Burtchville, MI 48059
(810) 327-2684

Dave Stevens
Signature Lawn Care
(A Division of Westside Forestry)

48600 Eleven Mile Rd.
Novi, MI 48374
(248) 449-4949
Dana Davis
Smith Tree & Landscape
Service, Inc.
6270 W. Grand River Ave.
Lansing, MI  48906
(517) 321-3553
Michelle Zatorski
Soulliere Landscaping, Inc.
23919 Little Mack
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 776-2811

Bill Udell
Total Lawn Care, Inc.
424 W. Houstonia
Royal Oak, MI 48073
(248) 588-1694

Steve Martinko
Contender's Tree & Lawn Specialists, Inc.
9532 Shelby Drive
White Lake, MI 48386
(248) 698-4470

Soil Testing is a Key Component of the Healthy Lawn Care Program

Why test soil for nutrients?
Since plants take up nutrients from the soil, nutrients need to be replenished from time to time. The only way to identify the particular nutrients needed is to test your soil.

Why test soil for organic matter?

Organic matter should comprise 5% or more of the soil by weight (5% - 10% by volume). Because organic matter is continually “used” in a biologically active soil system, it needs to be periodically replaced.

Compost and peat are examples of organic matter materials which improve soil structure, retain water, encourage root penetration, and aerate soil. Compost is particularly beneficial because it gradually releases nutrients, supports beneficial microorganisms and earthworms, and suppresses some soil-borne diseases.

For more information on soil testing, contact your local MSU Extension office.