With more than 2.8 million acres of home lawns in New York State, what we do with our lawns matters. By cultivating a dense, vigorous lawn, you create an attractive environmental asset that will:
- Provide a safe and fun place for outdoor play for people and pets of all ages.
- Catch, filter and conserve surface water to reduces run-off of contaminants
- Reduce soil erosion.•Cool surface temperature.
- Capture and store carbon.•Filter air pollutants.
- Reduce noise pollution.•Increase home selling price
Make Your Lawn an Attractive Environmental Asset
How do we get a dense, vigorous lawn?
- Did you know you could sow grass seed into existing lawns? Overseeding allows youto introduce better grass species, fill in bare patches, and reduce crabgrass infestations. Most seed labels will tell you the amount to apply if you are seeding a new lawn or overseeding.
- Feed the roots by
applying fertilizer in late summer or early fall! Good roots help lawns get
through the winter, green up top growth in spring, and minimize pest and
drought stress. Read the label to ensure you are applying the correct amount.
Leave the bag off. Returning grass clippings reduces the amount of fertilizer
- Video: Mulch Your Clippings and Leaves
- Cool-season grasses slow growth under mid-summer
or drought conditions. They may even turn brown, but drought stress is rarely
lethal. During active growth, lawns need no more than one inch per week. Too
much water = disease, moss, and runoff.
- Pro-tip: Let weather data
help determine how much to water.
Brown Spots, Weeds, & Other Pests
Last updated May 10, 2021