I want to plant a backyard buffer. How can I get started?
Starting a backyard buffer is not a difficult thing to do. You can start small the first year and add to your buffer every year. A simple way to ease into creating your backyard buffer is to allow your grass to grow wild! This homeowner on the Seneca River is protecting water quality because the roots of the long grass hold soil in place better than a manicured lawn. Also, the grass traps sediment and nutrients before they can reach the shoreline.
Even though starting a buffer is fun and easy, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you begin:
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Updated: November 22, 2002