Make your Lawn a Safe Home for the Gnomes!
To help make the Western New York community healthier, in 2017 the Erie County Environmental Management Council with assistance from the Cornell Cooperative Extension began a “Safe Home for The Gnomes” campaign to reduce the amount of chemicals used on area lawns. Thank you for your interest in reducing the use of pesticides!
WNY Guide to Native Plants for your Garden by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, which includes descriptions of native plants by habitat with planting plans.
- Lawn Care is a 47-page booklet pdf by Lori J. Brewer available on the Cornell Turf Grass website that includes chapters on steps to success, advanced care, starting a new lawn, and lawn care.
- Cornell Turfgrass Program webpage with information on healthy lawns.
- The NYS Integrated Pest Management offers a how to guide for lawn care without harmful pesticides.
- Have a Beautiful Yard without the Chemicals - This NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation page offers tips and resources for having a chemical free yard.
- Using Native Landscaping
- Legal Issues Concerning Lawn Fertilizer (1/2012) This NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation page explains new regulations regarding phosphorus-containing fertilizer and runoff. The new law will improve water quality in drinking water supplies, as well as improving recreation and tourism in waterbodies negatively affected by excessive amounts of phosphorus.
- EPA website for lawn and yard care
- Beyond Pesticides website
Thank you to the Cornell Cooperative Extension for putting together these resources, and supporting the Healthy Lawns initiative!
For questions or comments, please contact the Erie County branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Contact information is here.
Last updated: April 12, 2018 11:03am