Programs & Projects
- Enhancing Delaware Highways– Enhancing Delaware Highways was conceived to help DelDOT plant and manage roadsides that are economically feasible, environmentally sound and aesthetically pleasing. Funded in 1998 by a National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council grant, this program was supported yearly by DelDOT until 2009. Two manuals were produced to help DelDOT and other departments of transportation implement new roadside practices.
- Delaware Livable Lawns– The Livable Lawns Program certifies lawn care companies that follow environmentally-friendly practices in fertilizer application while educating property owners.
- A brochure is available to print and leave with customers to explain proper lawn management
- Videos on the Delaware Livable Lawns website provide resources to show homeowners how to take and interpret a soil sample; and how to properly apply fertilizer to their lawns.
- A brochure entitled Livable Lawns: Managing a Healthy Lawn is now available.
- Water Quality Research Winterthur/Applecross – This multidisciplinary project research site is located at Winterthur Museum and Gardens, where the team will compare the quality of a stream impacted by traditional mowed landscapes versus another stream that only receives runoff from meadows, forests and landscape beds. One of the primary goals of the project is to curb water pollution at its source — preventing pollution in the first place rather than waiting to treat contaminated water after it enters waterways. A demonstration landscape has been planted at a home in Applecross (a development on Route 100 near Winterthur) to see if replacing the typical suburban yard of mostly grass with one containing diverse vegetation can help protect the environment; make landscapes more sustainable; and result in an aesthetically pleasing landscape. At this site, students will catalog the diversity of beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife on the property, document evidence of soil erosion, and keep precise records of the time it takes to complete maintenance tasks. Although the new landscape will need a year or so to fully fill in, it’s already attractive and a vast improvement over the previous vast expanse of grass. The UD researchers recognize that homeowners aren’t going to change their ways to improve the environment unless the results look good.