The Vineyard Conservation Society and many towns and conservation organizations on Cape Cod have been promoting sustainable lawns to minimize impacts to surface waters, wetlands, groundwater, and the environment. This includes planting smaller lawns, using less fertilizers and herbicides, and planting more native grasses, shrubs, and perennials.
In 2015 a new island-wide bylaw went into effect limiting the use of fertilizers on lawns. These regulations apply to homeowners as well as professional lawn care companies. For more information on these regulations check these with the Martha’s Vineyard Board of Health, the VCS Homeowners Guide.
Check these resources to learn more about environmentally sound lawn care and how you can take steps to create your own sustainable lawn.