Township's Turf Management & Mowing Plan for Parks & Open Space
The Environmental Advisory Council and the Parks & Recreation Commission, along with guidance from the Township Roadmaster have formulated a turf management and mowing plan for all Township Parks and Open space.
2020 Mowing Plan
The goal of the Turf Management and Mowing Plan is to provide a framework that will maximize the efficiency of scheduled labor, minimize financial and environmental costs, enhance habitat and land stewardship, and provide the greatest benefits for residents and park users.
To this end, four standardized designations for the mowing and maintenance of parklands have been defined: Lawn (manicured), Rough, No-Mow Grass, and Field/Riparian.
Lawn (manicured) areas are to be maintained regularly as turfgrass. These areas include athletic fields, recreational fields, township-owned residential lots, and township municipal facilities.
*These areas will be maintained at a target height of two to four (2-4) inches.
Mowing frequency will be at the discretion of the Road Master based on end usage, turf conditions, and weather.
Rough areas are to be mown less frequently and maintained at a taller height than lawn areas. These areas include hillsides, grassy trails and trail sides, and tracts that need to be maintained as turf grass but can be allowed to grow taller than lawn areas.
*These areas will be maintained at a target height of five to eight (5-8) inches.
Mowing frequency will be at the discretion of the Road Master based on turf conditions and weather, except for the disc golf course, which will be mowed at least twice per month during the growing season.
No-Mow Grass areas are planted with specific grass varieties with limited growth height. These areas include hillsides and areas that need to be maintained as turf grass but do not encounter much foot traffic. By definition, these areas should not be mowed unless it becomes necessary to control invasive species.
*If deemed necessary, these areas will be mowed to a height of six (6) inches, and mowing should not occur more frequently than every one to two years.
Field/riparian areas will be allowed to naturalize while allowing for the control of invasive species and access (in the case of utility rights-of-way). These areas include fields, meadows, clearings, and riparian buffers.
*These areas will be mowed to a height of ten (10) or more inches, or as tall as is feasible with the mowing equipment.
Mowing frequency will be once annually if deemed necessary to inhibit forest succession or for invasive species control. Areas, where this is deemed unnecessary, will be allowed to naturalize. Annual mowing will be scheduled for March; if ground conditions do not allow mowing at that time, then mowing will occur in late July/early August.
If these areas have trails passing through them, the trail path alone is to be maintained under the “rough” designation.
The mowing plan will be reviewed annually in February/March and will engage the input of the Road Master, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Environmental Advisory Council.