Too many lakefront property owners want to make their land as sterile as the carpeting in their living rooms. They say things like, "I have cut the grass to keep the snakes away."
You know what else happens when you cut the grass right down to the shore? Fertilizers, pesticides, and dirt wash in when it rains, harming both the lake and its aquatic inhabitants.
Yeah, eliminating buffer zones along the water will keep snakes away. It also will discourage dragonflies, turtles, birds, and other animals from visiting, and it will deter fish from moving into the shallows.
Photos with this post show the life along my lakeshore, where I allow grass, wildflowers, cattails, and other plants to grow, providing a buffer against runoff pollution, as well as beneficial habitat for fish and wildlife.
The buffer has been enhanced a couple of times by nature, as high winds tore out the tops of oaks and they fell into the shallows. I left them, and, as you can see, fish and wildlife like them. Don’t overlook the pileated woodpecker with the turtles.
Also, allowing a buffer doesn't mean that you'll be assaulted by chiggers, ticks, and other insects if you try to enjoy your lakefront. I maintain a walking path between the buffer and the uphill woods, and I keep several breaks in the buffer that allow me to fish. And I have fish to catch because my natural shoreline attracts them.
It's a win, win, win situation, for the lake, for the wildlife, and for me.
And, you know what? I’ve yet to see a snake along my lakeshore--- not that I would mind, if I did.