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New York, NY: Lawn Maintenance in the Big Apple

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Despite the wintery weather that New York is known for, the soil and climate conditions are actually pretty conducive to growing an attractive lawn. Here are some sensible tips for developing an award-winning lawn that'll make you say, "I Love my NY lawn!"

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It's safe to say that there's no shortage of quality information on lawn maintenance in New York, NY. Two of the best sources for reliable instruction are Cornell University and the New York state government. Both of these organizations have studied weather, climate, and growing conditions across the state for several decades. Here are some guidelines from Cornell Cooperative Extension for the initial phases of lawn maintenance.

Lawn Maintenance: Cornell Cooperative Extension

  • Establishment and Renovation. Follow seeding recommendations and follow up with light raking. Water regularly and lightly for a period of up to three weeks after seeding.
  • Fertilizing. Beginning in June, fertilize 1 pound of nitrogen-base per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Maintenance steps during this period include irrigation and monitoring for the early signs of disease or burning.
  • Late Season. Test your soil regularly to determine the pH adjustments that need to be made. Lawn maintenance tasks during the fall include patching and renovating bare spots to allow for healing.

Proper lawn maintenance in New York, NY calls for some basic measures throughout the year to ensure a proper lawn life cycle. The New York state government offers these techniques for year-round lawn maintenance that will save you time and effort.

Caring for Your Grass

  • Mowing. Mow your lawn when it is between three and four inches high. Mowing when the lawn is high ensures that the root system will develop properly and won't burn in a scorching sun.
  • Weekly Watering. Ideal lawn maintenance watering calls for 1 inch of water per week, including rainfall. Early morning watering is also preferred.
  • Let Clippings Fall. Most lawn maintenance programs neglect this important detail. Lawn clippings provide a return of water and nitrogen to your yard.

New York, NY is a great place to be a homeowner. With these simple lawn maintenance tips, you can enjoy a beautiful lawn year after year.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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