Welcome to the newly revised, second edition of the Lake Home & Cabin Kit. The excellent response we received from the first edition prompted us to further develop the topics, which so many lake home and cabin owners found helpful.
You spoke. We listened! Our customer survey showed that our first edition Kit answered your most common cabin questions such as how to prevent septic systems from freezing, how to prevent erosion of your shoreline, and how to protect trees during construction. But you asked for more.
Our University of Minnesota Extension Service experts once again went to work to add resources and refine and develop new information. The Lake Home & Cabin Kit, Second Edition not only answers more questions such as how to start your septic system in spring and preparing it for the fall, what you should know about heating your home or cabin, and even how to create your own rain garden...it also directs you to our programs, publications, and websites for more in-depth advice. Plus, the second edition is updated to include all current environmentally responsible practices that you need to know about as a property and lakeshore owner.
Another bonus; we’ve added even more excellent resources from the University and other trusted sources. The information you’ll find in these pages comes to you from the University of Minnesota Extension Service so you know it’s reliable.
NOTE: This is a Web Sampler. Information about the publication and how to order is available here.
How Do I Prevent and Remove Mildew?
How Do I Test for Radon in My Home?
What Lowers Indoor Air Quality?
How Do I Keep My Family Safe While Using a Portable Heater or Generator?
What Causes My Fireplace or Wood Stove to Fill My Home with Smoke?
What Should I Know about Heating My Home or Cabin?
Should I Treat My Drinking Water?
How Do I Test My Drinking Water?
How Do I Disinfect My Drinking Water?
What Causes My Drinking Water to Smell Bad?
What Should I Do with My Well and Septic System after a Flood?
How Do Septic Systems Work?
What Should I Do to Start My Septic System in the Spring?
How Should I Prepare My Septic System in the Fall?
How Do I Keep My Septic System from Freezing?
How Do I Maintain My Septic Tank?
How Do I Maintain My Septic System Soil Treatment Area?
How Do I Conserve Water to Protect My Septic System?
What Are My Options for an Alternative Sewage Treatment System?
How Do I Stay Safe around My Septic System?
Home & Septic Systems NRE programs, products, and resources
Tips for Purchasing and Building on Shoreland Property
Why Should I Choose Native Plants for My Shoreline?
How Do I Start Naturalizing My Shoreline?
How Can I Stabilize My Shoreline to Prevent Erosion?
How Do I Identify Aquatic Invasive Plants?
How Do I Prevent and Control Aquatic Invasive Species?
Why Does My Lake Have Algae?
How Can I Maintain a Healthy Lawn on My Lakeshore?
How Can I Create a Rain Garden?
How Can I Minimize Dock, Boat, and Other Vehicle Impacts on Water Quality?
How Can I Limit the Water Quality Impacts of Swimming and Camping?
What Is Swimmer’s Itch and How Can I Avoid It?
What Is the Safest Way to Handle the Fish I Catch?
Shoreland & Water Quality NRE programs, products, and resources
How Can I Control the Spread of Buckthorn?
What Do I Do about Aphids on My Trees and Shrubs?
How Do I Control Forest Tent Caterpillars?
What Should I Know about Gypsy Moth?
What Is the Correct Way to Prune My Trees?
How Can I Protect My Woodlands from Winter Damage?
How Can I Minimize Injury to Flooded Trees?
How Can I Protect My Trees from Construction Damage?
How Do I Care for Storm-damaged Trees?
When Should I Hire a Forestry Professional?
Should I Consider Making a Living Snow Fence?
Trees & Woodlands NRE programs, products, and resources
How Can I Rid My Home of Mice?
How Can I Control Crows on My Property?
How Can I Control Raccoons on My Property?
How Do I Get Rid of a Bat In My Home?
How Do I Get Rid of a Skunk?
What Do I Do About Moles on My Property?
What Do I Do with an Injured Bird of Prey?
How Can I Control Squirrels?
How Do I Control Rabbits on My Property?
How Can I Avoid Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease?
How Do I Treat Bee and Wasp Stings?
How Do I Get Rid of Flies In My Home?
How Do I Keep Asian Lady Beetles Out of My Home?
Lake Home or Cabin Contacts (To Keep at Cabin)
Extension Regional Offices
Order form for NRE programs, products, and resources
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