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Home Lawn Fact Sheets

Home lawns represent 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s 2,000,000 acres of turfgrass. Lawns increase the property value of homes and stabilize soils (thereby preventing soil erosion in the residential environment). This page contains publications on lawn establishment, maintenance, pest management, and other problems.

Lawn renovation involves restoring a deteriorated turfgrass area to an improved condition. Depending on the condition of the turf, this process can be accomplished without establishing a new lawn.

To develop successful lawn management programs and avoid problems, you must be able to identify turfgrass species. Species react differently to management practices such as mowing, fertilization, and liming; thus, you should know which grasses are present in the lawn so that you can adjust your management program accordingly.

This fact sheet describes the general steps in turfgrass establishment.

A regular fertilization program is necessary to maintain good quality turfgrass. Dollar for dollar, fertilization does more to improve poor quality turfgrass or maintain good quality turfgrass than any other single management practice.

One of the most important steps in turfgrass establishment is the selection of high quality seed or a seed mixture that is adapted to the site conditions and intended use of the turf. Poor quality seed may be low in viability and contain weed seeds as well as undesirable grass species.