Healthy Lawn. Healthy Water.

In addition to looking good, a lush, healthy lawn is also important to maintaining healthy water in our streams and rivers.

Healthy Lawn A recent study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program has caused many to rethink conventional wisdom which maintained that fertilizing a lawn could result in poor water quality. In fact, the report determined that a “dense vegetative cover of turf grass” greatly reduces pollution and runoff. Conversely, a thin, unhealthy lawn, especially if soils are compacted or slopes are steep, expedites the spread of pollutants into neighboring water supplies.

In this study, the EPA went on to recommend that homeowners in the Chesapeake Bay area work with professional lawn care providers to ensure that their turf was healthy enough to adequately reduce surface runoff.

With this in mind, here are a few steps that you can take to keep your lawn, and neighboring water supplies, healthy:

  • Begin a responsible fertilization program that delivers key nutrients and encourages root growth
  • Fertilize in the fall to help your lawn recover from summer stresses and come back healthy in the spring
  • Conduct soil tests to determine what amendments, if any, are needed to help you achieve the best possible results
  • Mow at a high setting to encourage stronger grass with deeper roots
  • Core aerate and overseed to reduce thatch, improve air movement and promote growth

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