HEALTHY LAWN TIPS
these easy tips for a beautiful green lawn, not a
green lake! In you want to learn even more about creating healthier,
lake-friendly lawns, check out the resources on the left.
- Only with phosphorus-free fertilizers.
Most northeastern lawns and 75% of Chittenden County VT lawns tested
by the University had enough phosphorus (P) and only need nitrogen
(N)! A soil survey of St. Albans, VT also
showed excessive levels of phosphorus there. Similar results have been
found for upstate NY.
- Apply fertilizer once/year—the best time for this region is
- Sweep up fertilizer from sidewalks and driveways. Don’t
fertilize before heavy rain.
LOOK FOR THE MIDDLE NUMBER...
- On fertilizer bags to see the N-P-K nutrient analysis.
The middle number is the phosphate (phosphorus) content. A “zero” in
the middle means it is phosphorus-free. Lawns rarely need extra potassium
(K), but adding some does not affect water quality.
TAKE A SOIL TEST...
- If you are seeding a new lawn, or want to learn more about your lawn’s
nutrient content, pH level and organic content.
- If desired, in early morning, when there is less than 1 inch/week
of rain. Grass will survive droughts without watering by going dormant.
PLANT GRASS SEED...
- On existing lawns in the fall and spring to out compete
- Use a grass mixture that does well in the setting (soil, light, activity).
- Leave legumes, such as common white clover, among the grass to add
nitrogen, which will naturally fertilize your lawn.
- By removing small cores of soil from your lawn to prevent compaction. This will increase water, nutrient and oxygen movement into the soil; improve grass rooting; and prevent fertilizer and pesticide run-off.
- To maintain a height of 3 to 4 inches and cut
off no more than 1/3 of grass blade. Leave clippings on lawn to add nutrients
and organic matter, but be sure to sweep the clippings off pavement.
- Will be discouraged by following these healthy lawn tips! Just
pull any that are left by hand.