Maintaining Your Naturescape
NatureScapes are designed to be low-maintenance - saving time, money and water. Use best management practices to maintain your Naturescape.
If you do choose to fertilize your turf grass remember to use low (2% or less) phosphorus content - the middle number as shown on the bag in the image below. Always apply at the rate as instructed on the bag. Protect water quality by maintaining of 10 foot "Ring of Responsibility" adjacent to water bodies. This area must be kept free of fertilizers and pesticides.
Mow at the recommended height for your grass type. Do not remove more than one-third of the grass blade per mowing.
Leave grass clippings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil. Decomposed clippings improve soil fertility over time. Leaving the grass clippings on the lawn returns 1 pound of nitrogen back to the lawn each year!
Keep grass clippings out of water bodies and off impervious surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways.
Recycle Yard Waste -- Create Mulch and Compost
You can create your own organic mulches and compost from yard waste, grass clippings, and select kitchen scraps including vegetables, egg shells, and coffee grinds. Using mulch and
compost has many benefits: