Healthy Lawns


Make your Lawn a Home for the Gnomes!


Thank you for your interest in the Erie County Healthy Lawns Campaign!  This is an initiative of the Erie County Environmental Management Council with help from the Cornell Cooperative Extension.  

Highlighted Resources:

LawnCarecover Cornell best lawn care resources




WNY Guide to Native Plants for your Garden by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, which includes descriptions of native plants by habitat with planting plans.


Other Resources:

  • 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.

  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 January 30, 2017

Last updated: January 30, 2017 10:19am