Fall Tips for a Naturally Beautiful Yard
Dear --FNAME--:

Fall is almost here and it is a great time to get outside and work on your lawn, plant some perennials, mulch those leaves, and enjoy the outdoors. The volunteers on the Bedford 2020 Water and Land Use Task Force have some resources to help you do this in a way that is healthy for our water, land, and you!

We have had some much needed rain in Bedford, and the evening temperatures have dropped, so now is the time to think about giving your lawn a boost, naturally.
  • Root growth is strongest in the fall, so aerate to make it easier for the roots to grow and keep the helpful soil bacteria healthy.
  • Overseed with grass seed to outcompete weed seed. 
  • Cut the grass when it gets to 4inches, but only down to three. This lets the roots grow long and strong.
  • Leave the clippings to provide nutrition, along with mulched in leaves. Click here for more about Leave Leaves Alone.
  • Your efforts will show now, and also in the spring.

Now is also a great time to plant native plants. Consider adding them to your garden or taking areas of lawn you don’t use and converting them into trees, shrubs, or ground cover.
Here are some great suggestions for native plants from the Westchester Native Plant Center. Keep in mind which plants are best for the conditions of your garden.

Here are some great lists of native plants: best for sun, best for shade, and for best for attracting birds to your garden.

If you choose the right native plant for the location in your garden (dry, wet, sunny, partial sun), once it is established it should need very little care and tolerate most droughts well. But, you need to water for the first year.

Native plants will not need artificial pesticides or fertilizers, so they protect our drinking water from contamination. They will also provide the right type of food for bees, butterflies, and birds. If you have not already, check out this recent B2020 article about planting for pollinators.  ​Also, remember to buy seeds and plants that have not been treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. These pesticides stay in the plant its whole life and are dangerous to bees and other pollinators. 
If you have not already, click here to take the Great Healthy Yard Pledge to protect the quality of our local drinking water by managing your lawn and garden without synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers and to dispose of pharmaceuticals responsibly. Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same Thank you!

Bedford 2020, PO Box 812, Bedford Hills, NY 10507 | 914.620.2411