Tips on how to keep your lawn healthy without pesticides are being distributed through the Erie County Environmental Management Council, an advisory board to Erie County Department of Environment & Planning. They’ve printed it as something you can hang on your door.
Here are the tips you will find on the doorhanger:
- Don’t cut the grass too short! Taller 3-inch grass outcompetes weeds, better withstands drought and is more resistant to pests and disease.
- Plant a variety of grasses. Mixtures grow better in different sun, shade and traffic conditions.
- Fertilize in the fall. Apply nitrogen after top growth has stopped to strengthen roots. Deep roots produce stronger plants that out compete weeds.
- Aerate soil in late summer. Like earthworms, core aeration helps air and water penetrate the surface to improve root growth.
- Water less often! Water less often and longer to encourage deep root growth.
You can also find great links with more information on lawn care at the Environmental Management Council’s Healthy Lawns page.