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Organic Lawn Care Projects

Organically managed grass looks great and is a viable and cost effective option. TURI has supported a variety of projects related to organic grass care, including municipalities transitioning acres of fields from pesticide use to organic.

NOFA/Mass Municipal Organic Lawn Demonstration Projects

The Northeast Organic Farming Association worked with the towns of Ayer and Stoneham MA to establish organic lawns in public areas for demonstration. Read more...

The Field Fund 2017-2018

The Field Fund, Inc. of Martha’s Vineyard is working to preserve and maintain Martha’s Vineyard’s athletic playing fields using an organic, systems-based approach rather than installing synthetic fields. By not installing synthetic fields, the Island community aims to preserve its natural landscapes, protect ponds, fragile habitats and single source aquifer, as well as protect young athletes from toxic exposures. To improve maintenance on natural grass playing fields, The Field Fund is purchased an aerator. This is part of a larger effort to eliminate the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and develop an organic management plan for playing fields on Martha’s Vineyard. Read more...

The Field Fund 2018-2019

The Field Fund offers both supplemental maintenance and renovations of playing fields; along with training and support for our partner schools and towns personnel, with the goal of improving the quality of these important recreational spaces for the Island community. Thoughtful, data-driven maintenance allows for intensive use, while minimizing surface-related injuries, rainouts, irrigation use, and synthetic inputs. The organization offers supplemental maintenance for 10 playing fields. They persistently refine maintenance practices, relying heavily on a Level Spike aerator, slit seeder, Verti Drain deep aeration, an Air2G2, and a new mower. They are also exploring the use of local composts and compost teas. Porous soil and positive microbial activity decrease the amount of fertilizer necessary for healthy turf and help alleviate bacteria and fungus in the root zone. Longer roots improve heat and drought stress tolerance, requiring less water to irrigate. Read more...

Look Park, Northhampton Transitions to a Pesticide-Free Land Care Management Strategy

Team members of Look Memorial Park transitioned 35,000 square feet of lawn to organic management and educated the public on the importance of organic lawncare. Read more...