University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System: Water Quality and the Home Landscape

Sustainable Landscaping: Turf

by Karl Guillard

Use low maintenance grasses

Reduce fertilizer, pesticide and water requirements by planting grass species that are adapted to local conditions. Lower-maintenance grasses suitable for Connecticut conditions include the turf-type tall fescues, dwarf tall fescues, and the fine-leaf fescues (creeping red, Chewings, sheep, and hard).

These grasses provide good persistence and quality, with less fertilizer, water, and pesticides than Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass. Turf-type and dwarf tall fescues also are good alternatives for high-traffic, lower-maintenance recreation areas.