You have The Basics covered, but now what? Take the next step and get “in the weeds” of natural lawn care with more sustainable landscaping practices that will reduce the risk of polluted runoff and protect local waterways.

Healthy grass and soil

Healthy soil is the foundation for a lush, green lawn. | Photo credit: Shutterstock

Build Healthy Soil
Looking to build healthy soil for your lawn? Learn more about your soil, how to improve it, and where to find soil testing laboratories.

Native garden and lawn

Native plants like these perennials are well-adapted to local growing conditions. | Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Right Plant, Right Place
How do you find the right plants for your landscape? Grow your knowledge as you learn about selecting turfgrass species, native plants, and how to build a backyard habitat.

Handful of dirt with nutrients

A soil test can tell you what nutrients might be lacking in your soil. | Photo Credit: Adobe Stock

Fertilize Appropriately
Do you want to boost your knowledge about turfgrass nutrient requirements? Here you can also explore techniques for smart mowing and strategies to reduce the risk of nutrient runoff impact on water quality.

Mechanical Dandelion Control

Mechanical dandelion control is effective with simple hand tools. | Photo Credit: Adobe Stock

Manage Pests Responsibly
Looking to manage pests with fewer pesticides? You can minimize risks with Integrated Pest Management and pesticide safety tips.

Watering lawn

Water your lawn only during the early morning hours to conserve water and prevent disease. | Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Use Water Efficiently
How can water conservation protect local streams and lakes? Explore green infrastructure and ways to manage your lawn during drought.