Spring highlight

5/16/2018

Great care is taken to make sure the turf at Arlington National Cemetery is maintained to the highest standards. Roughly 562 acres of Arlington National Cemetery is highly maintained turf.

  1. Mowed once or more a week during the growing season to a height of 3.5 to 5 inches.
  2. Fertilizer is applied based on the cemetery nutrient management plan.
  3. Pest management in turf, is an integrated strategy. The turf program relies predominantly on cultural and physical control methods; however, chemical control is another method used in the cemetery for controlling multiple pests (insect, fungus, and weeds).

The biggest challenges for turf management is soil compaction and rutting from high traffic, turf displacement, along with turf desiccation from summer heat and drought. The turf program uses several methods for managing these challenges. The cemetery undergoes two core aerations a year to relieve compaction and reduce turf thatch. The cemetery also sods 18 acres annually. Renovation is used to restore whole sections of the cemetery.

The turf program is constantly evolving to guarantee the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery are upheld to it national shrine status.