Do bare spots in lawns impact fish in the Bay?

Brown river from the brown spots in your lawnHave you ever looked at the streams and rivers in Northern Virginia during and after it rains?

That lovely, chocolaty brown color comes from loose soil washing off yards, neighborhoods, construction sites, and other bare spots. Storm water washes over bare spots and carries soil particles down into storm drains that dump right into your local creeks!

This sediment-laden storm water then flows right into your local streams and rivers.

Unlike sand, which settles out pretty quickly, Northern Virginia soils are full of tiny clay particles, which stay suspended for hours, even days, in our rivers and The Chesapeake Bay. Sediment is one of the primary pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay because it keeps sunlight from reaching the submerged aquatic plants. Those plants are essential habitats for fish, crabs, and numerous invertebrates that feed all the bigger organisms. Without these underwater nursery grounds, which provide food and hiding places for young fish, the productivity of the Bay is compromised.

What can you do to help?

The most important thing is to make sure that you have no bare spots anywhere on your property. Turf grass, native plants, shrubs, and trees all help hang on to loose soil.

Moral of this story? Cover your bald spots!

MowCow Lawn & Landscape are founding members of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay‘s Businesses for the Bay!


Hold On! Don’t Turn Off Your Irrigation System Just Yet.

It’s almost November, and that means here at MowCow, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about when to shut down your irrigation system. We’d like to offer you our advice in case you may have over-herd any false information!

Colder temperatures mean you’ll start breaking out quilts and hot cocoa.

You might think that your irrigation system is at risk of freezing. While our fall mornings can be chilly and the ground may be cold, it’s actually the soil temperature that mainly affects your system. Since your pipes are underground, they should be A-OK. Soil temperatures in Virginia are currently hovering around the high fifties to the mid-sixties, and they drop slowly in cold weather. You can always check soil temperatures online to see what they’re like in your area!

Gettin’ cold, but keep watering!

We’re recommending everyone keep watering their grass since there has been a lack of rain in the Northern Virginia region over the past few months. Typically, a normal closing happens later in November or early December, right as the temperatures start to dip below freezing at night. This ensures that your system isn’t damaged and that your grass stays happy!

As always, if you need help managing your system, drop us a line or give us a call! We’re happy to fulfill any of your irrigation system needs.

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