When it rains, the water that drains from lawns, driveways and streets ends up in our streams and lakes. Fertilizers and pesticides carried in this run-off contaminate our drinking water and harm the quality of the waters where we fish, swim and paddle.
It is possible to have a healthy, green lawn without using pesticides and large amounts of fertilizer. Practices such as “mowing long” and leaving grass clippings in place help promote optimal grass-growing conditions. Weeds that are present in your lawn can provide clues to what your lawn might be lacking (light, aeration, nutrients). Remember: a healthy lawn is not necessarily completely weed-free!
Encourage the lawn plants you want: Lawn Maintenance: Basic
Avoid conditions that allow weeds to flourish: Lawn Maintenance: Weeds
Give your lawn a “facelift”: Lawn Maintenance: Advanced