River-Friendly Lawn Care Tips

As temperatures start to warm and we begin taking care of our outdoor spaces, FRWA would like to share lawn care tips to keep your lawn looking great – without turning to chemical fertilizers and pesticides that can contaminate our rivers and streams. As many of us are spending more time in our yards now, organic lawn care makes for a healthier outdoor space – for yourself and the wildlife. If you have any lawn care questions – please contact our FRWA organic lawn care expert, Aimee Petras via email. Stay tuned for additional emails and follow us on social media for our river-friendly lawn care tips throughout the growing season!

Early Spring (mid-March through mid-April) Lawn Care Tips

Inspect your lawnmower:  Get the blade sharpened at your local nursery or garden center.  Your mower will cut your grass more efficiently. An unsharpened blade rips the grass blades, which can invite disease and harm your turf. 

Protect your soil: Prevent soil compaction by delaying walking on your turf until the soil is dry. When the ground is wet, the soil is more readily compacted. Do your spring debris clean up on dry days only. 

Prevent crabgrass: Mowing high by leaving the grass blades at 4 inches prevents crabgrass seeds from germinating. Continue to keep your grass blades at 4 inches until after the forsythia bloom. Early spring is a great time to overseed bare spots; turf grass seeds germinate when soil temperatures reach between 50 and 65 degrees.

Get a soil test:  Testing your soil is an easy way to get customized recommendations from soil experts. Information on soil test application and instructions are available via UConn’s Soil Test.

Tip:  Mow your grass high (~4 inches) during the forsythia bloom to prevent crab grass and other weed seeds from germinating. 

Be well!

Aimee Petras
Education & Outreach Coordinator

Questions? Contact Aimee via email or leave a phone message at 860-658-4442 ex 201

This project made possible by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of the Coca-Cola Company  –  and  –  from by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s Long Island Sound Futures Fund