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New York's Major Cities:

  • New York

  • Albany

  • Syracuse

  • Rochester

  • Buffalo

  • Utica

  • Watertown

  • Binghamton

New York State Lawns / Landscape

If you are renovating or reseeding your lawn, it's important to pick the right kind of grass for your situation. Each of the 4 most popular cool-season lawn grasses recommended for New York has its strengths and its weaknesses.

Recommended turfgrasses for New York:

Common insect pests found in New York

Lawns are home to a variety of insects, few are harmful, and many are beneficial. Healthy turf can tolerate some feeding by harmful insects, but when the number of pests reach a critical threshold, the turfgrass can be damaged. The open spaces the pests create in turf can be ugly, vulnerable to erosion, and invaded by weeds.

Those insects that are most likely to cause damage in New York lawns include the following:

Common lawn diseases seen in New York

Promoting healthy growth and avoiding conditions that cause stress to your turfgrass is the best way to prevent a severe disease outbreak. Stressed lawns are an open invitation for a lawn disease to gain a foothold. Optimal maintenance practices are the best way of avoiding stressed turfgrass.

Even if a pathogen is present in the soil, infection will not occur unless the environmental conditions are conducive to disease development. Once turf diseases have become active, they can cause heavy damage if not treated properly. Here is a list of common diseases to New York lawns:

Professional lawn organizations: New York State Turfgrass Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension,