Pennsylvania has enough rain that
turf grasses don't have to be watered to survive. Healthy lawns go brown during
a drought, but quickly turn green when rainfall resumes.
choose to water, 1 inch of water will wet the soil to a depth of 4 inches - 6.inches. Place an
empty can under the sprinkler to determine when an inch has been applied. If
water runs off the lawn before reaching an inch, turn off the sprinkler and wait
an hour before resuming.
deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth.
Light, frequent watering encourages shallow roots, which increase the risk of
disease and stress injury.
in the morning.
Less water is lost through evaporation and transpiration.
water at midday or in the evenings. A lawn that remains damp during
the night is more prone to disease.
turf grass alternatives. Increase shrub beds, grow a wildflower meadow,
or plant ground covers. They look beautiful, don't need mowing and will help
reduce maintenance and yard waste.
The Key Word Is "less"
clippings back into the lawn is less work than disposing of them as waste. No
one has to handle the clippings - not you, your lawn care professional, or the
waste management crew. By not trashing grass, you can reduce your mowing time by
nearly 40 percent and spend less money on fertilizer and trash bags. You'll
be doing your part for the environment by reducing waste.
follow these "it's okay 'let it lay'" guidelines, not only will you have a
healthy lawn, you'll never have to bag grass clippings again.
the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in cooperation with the
Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Departments of Environmental
Protection. 2500-PADEP1714 Rev 6/94