Turf management is commonly equated to golf courses and parks, yet some of the most honored grass in our nation is found in areas not often discussed: cemeteries. As a place of refuge, cemeteries have been carpeted by carefully manicured turfgrass since the mid-1800s. Today, the tradition not only fosters a sense of serenity for visitors, but has created natural habitats for animals.
According to Dave Ittner, President and COO of Fairmount Memorial Association in Spokane, WA, which maintains 330 acres of developed cemetery, the key to a lush green lawn is to mow regularly, removing no more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time; string trim the edges to create a polished look; and then clean up. Either blow or sweep trimmings to finalize the job. Combined with managing water use to ensure you’re not overwatering, these basic manicuring steps can quickly take your lawn from good to great.