GetGrassy_Lawnscapes_LawnMowerGood topsoil is the foundation for a healthy lawn, but many new homes have had their topsoil compacted and removed during construction, leaving behind debris and clay. These lawns soak up little water and require more fertilizer and pesticides. To slowly improve topsoil so your grass grows better, add organic materials like lawn clippings, mulched leaves or a top dressing of compost with aeration.

Here’s How You Mow to Grow

  1. Most lawns need to be cut every four to five days, not every seven to ten days, like most of us tend towards!
  2. Follow the One-Third Rule: mow when the lawn gets one-third taller than the recommended growing height (if you want your lawn at 2.5”, mow when it’s 3.5”).
  3. Don’t scalp your lawn if spring rain or vacation leaves you with really tall grass. Instead, gradually reduce cutting height to keep a healthy balance between root and blade growth. If you keep scalping your lawn, you won’t have to mow as often because your grass will die!
  4. Keep your grass tall at 2½” to 3½” to preserve moisture and out-compete weeds.
  5. Sharpen those blades. Dull blades chew, tear, and rip grass, which stresses the plant. Torn blades die back and are more likely to succumb to disease and pests. And you can save on fuel costs by using efficient, sharp blades.

See Franklin Soil and Water’s Get Grassy! lawn care campaign at to take the pledge and receive a free gift!

What's New

Educators & Youth Leaders

Join teachers, environmental educators, and naturalists, as we explore, explain and experience the value, variety, and vulnerability of our natural resources through a series of interactive workshops. The workshops are coordinated by the Delaware and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the Delaware County Preservation Parks. Each workshop is a two-day session,  including: instructor led activities, presentations by field professionals, field trips, participant driven learning and evaluation. All curricular materials are adaptable for many age groups. A continental breakfast with beverages will be provided but we do ask that you bring your own lunch.

There are two ways to register for a workshop

For more information or any questions, feel free to contact:

  • Linda Pettit, Frankli SWCD, (614) 486-9613, ext 11t or send an email to Linda.
  • Dona Rhea, Delaware SWCD, (740) 368-1921 or send an email to Dona.


2016 Community Backyards participant with her new compost bin.

2016 Community Backyards participant with her new compost bin.

The Community Backyards Rebate program is set to re-launch on April 1, 2017 but workshops are currently being scheduled for the year and  you can register to attend one of our current in-person workshops starting today! So far we have workshops scheduled for Westerville, Canal Winchester, Bexley, New Albany and many around Columbus. To easily register online, visit our Franklin Soil and Water Eventbrite page.

Community Backyards will once again offer $50 or $100 reimbursements to residents after participation in the program and purchase of an approved backyard conservation item. Participation is necessary to receive a rebate, and participants must live in an eligible tax district. So get ready for spring and visit Community Backyards for more information on how you can participate today!

As with last year, orders placed through our Conservation Spring Tree and Plant sale will be eligible for reimbursement once you participate in the program. So make sure to order your trees before April 10, 2017. You can easily order your plants online through our shopping cart or you can view our January newsletter for an order form to mail in and to find more information on the different species we are offering this year.

Local Governments

Please consider supporting conservation efforts in Franklin County by sponsoring Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s 71st Annual Meeting & Board of Supervisors’ Election or our Annual Central Ohio Stormwater and Erosion Control Expo. Become a Conservation Champion today! You can find more information on the sponsorship registration form.

Sponsorships make it possible to keep event ticket prices low to encourage attendance.  All remaining profits support local projects through our Conservation Fund. Last year, the fund supported mini-grants to conservation projects with Iuka Ravine Association, Friends of Upper Arlington Parks and Franklin County Children Services. Sponsors of each level can request a free conservation workshop for your employees to learn about rain gardens, rain barrels, composting, stream protection and creating habitat for wildlife.

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