Spring is a good time for homeowners to consider reassessing their lawn maintenance practices. The local group Lawns to Lobsters has called attention to the damage that can be done to ocean life and other vital species in the ecosystem by careless lawn care activities. For example:
If not applied correctly, lawn fertilizers can do more harm than good. If fertilizer is applied during wet weather, it is not absorbed into the lawn’s root system and is washed away. Once in the water, it can cause algae blooms. These blooms use oxygen and then die, leaving the water uninhabitable for other creatures.
Fall is when fertilizer is best absorbed by the lawn’s root system. Spring fertilizing encourages weed seeds to germinate and promotes top growth of the grass. A lawn with an extensive root system holds more water and is healthier. Healthy lawns better withstand pests and drought.
Lawns to Lobsters has a free brochure linked on the site that lists ten steps for How to Have a Beautiful Lawn without Harming the Ocean. There is also a link to an excellent 2012 York Weekly article by Ron McAllister.
For more information, go to http://lawns2lobsters.org/.