Chesapeake Bay feels the effect of midstate lawn care

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jun 3, 2013 4:05 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Lawn care in the midstate could have far-reaching implications for water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has put together a panel of experts to review research on the topic.

Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association President Gregg Robertson says the group found thick grass helps protect water quality by reducing runoff.

"You should manage your lawn so it has a dense cover of healthy turf," Robertson says. "That may mean fertilizing it, that may mean doing other things to make sure that turf is really growing well, because they found that there's less runoff from a healthy lawn that has a dense cover of turf grass."

Robertson says fertilizer should be applied carefully because it can pollute the bay if it's washed into storm drains or creeks and streams.

Midstate waterways feed the Susquehanna River, which is the Chesapeake's chief tributary.

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