What Are Grass Pavers?

Grass or block pavers, or grow-through pavers—are an alternative to traditional asphalt that can be made from concrete or recycled plastic. The open cells in the paver system allow grass to grow through them making them eco-friendly. Applications include driveways, walkways, crossovers on medians, boat launching ramps, fire lanes, and even RV and boat parking lots.

Creative Grass Paver Driveway
 The example shown is the center strip of a fully functioning ribbon driveway which showcases a variety of succulents and thymes. Although a portion of the garden is necessarily hidden when the car is in residence and occasionally a flower will get decapitated when an auto pulls in, this complex assemblage of succulents provides a startling pop of beauty in a totally unexpected place!

What Are The Benefits?

    • Paver systems help to reduce stormwater runoff and filter out pollutants. Stormwater runoff on a regular pavement can pick up oil and other road pollutants and washes the toxic mess into rivers, bays, and streams.
    • Pavers also absorb water, reducing or slowing down the water that races over the pavement in a rainstorm, preventing erosion.
    • Grass pavers recharge groundwater. Those spots of grass allow rain to soak into the ground, putting it back into aquifers.
    • Through the magic of transpiration, porous pavers will keep the air around your driveway cooler!
Many Shapes and Styles

Be creative. Paver designs come in many shapes and sizes. You can even create your own design.

How to Install

Journal of Civil & Environmental Engineering

The NYSDEC and iMapInvasives team are holding a training webinar for people interested in becoming Certified iMapInvasives Trainers on October 30th, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Join the iMapInvasives Certified Trainers Network! Are you interested in training others to report invasive species to the New York invasive species database, iMapInvasives? Each training webinar will last approximately two hours with time for discussion throughout. The training will include a walk-through of the iMapInvasives website, observation database and steps for hosting a training. Registration is required. Webinar registration is limited to create a more inclusive environment.

For more information and to register, email imapinvasives@dec.ny.gov

More information can be found at the Certified Trainers Network at https://www.nyimapinvasives.org/certifiedtrainersnetwork

Pre-Registration is Required – Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and Ontario Wayne Stormwater Coalition are providing a tire recycling event at no charge for Wayne County residents. You must register by calling 315-946-7200 or at the website below.

Participants may drop off tires on Thursday, October 24th 2019, from 8 am to noon at the Wayne County Highway Barn, 1700 Daansen Road Macedon, NY 14522.

There is a limit of 4 tires per drop-off. This is an opportunity for people to remove used tires from their property and help to eliminate potential disease-causing mosquito breeding sites.

Event restrictions:
• Sign-up is required by contacting WCSWCD at 315-946-7200. Be prepared to provide your name, residence address and the number and type of tires you plan to recycle
• Only tires from Wayne County residents will be accepted.¬
• Tires must be removed from the metal rim and free of water, mud and other debris.
• Tires accepted are limited to light truck, passenger and smaller sized tires.
• 4 tires per drop-off.
• Other types of recyclable materials will not be accepted.

Visit the District’s website at WayneCountyNYsoilandwater.org/tire-recycle to view the event flyer and register, or call 315-946-7200.

Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County Master Gardeners

What could be better than spending a Saturday morning creating wonderful holiday decorations out of evergreen boughs? Start the holiday season off with our workshop on selection and use of holiday greens to decorate your home! During the three hour session, participants make a fresh wreath, an evergreen swag, and a tabletop centerpiece to take home and enjoy through the holiday season. Please bring small pruners & gloves.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 9:00 AM – Noon at the Town of Ontario Recreation Lodge, Casey Park, and Knickerbocker Road, Ontario.

Attendees: Bring garden gloves and hand pruners if you have them and plan to arrive around 8:30 so you are ready to start at 9 am.

A registration fee of $40.00, to cover materials, is required. This class fills up fast and class size is limited to first 45 paid participants. Registration opens October 1st.

Cornell can not accept any early registrations. To register mail your payment to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, 1581 Rte. 88 North, Newark, NY 14513 or bring it to  their offices between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. M-F.

Please include your phone number and e-mail address, if you have one, with your payment. If you have any questions please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension 315-331-8415.

For special needs please contact us two weeks prior to this event. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) feed on many different tree species but are particularly attracted to an invasive tree species known as tree-of-heaven). Any SLF that make their way to New York will be drawn to tree-of-heaven – and they will not stop there. They will next move to feed on native and economically valuable New York plant species, such as maple trees, apple trees, hops, grapes, poplar species, and many others.

This is where you come in: report any tree-of-heaven that you see across New York, and we will be able to watch for and locate SLF more easily!

You can record data on invasive species right from your smartphone by using iMapInvasives, (https://www.imapinvasives.org/) New York’s invasive species database, available for iOS and Android.


https://www.nyimapinvasives.org/calendar-of-events   to learn more about the app or to find a training hosted by your local Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM).


Photo Credit NYS Ag and Markets / USDA APHIS

Tree of Heaven

If you think you’ve seen the Spotted Lantern Fly, send photos and location info to spottedlanternfly@dec.ny.gov, or fill out an online report: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/116595.html

How can your business help?

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Spotted Lantern Fly Fact Sheet

Penn State Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners



You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 4R Technical Field Day at SUNY Morrisville.

4R is an approach to agricultural nutrient management and soil and water stewardship that emphasizes using the Right Source of Nutrients at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place for the protection of New York’s waterways

But it’s more than just a catchy buzz phrase. The approach provides a science-based framework for plant nutrition management and sustained crop production while considering specific individual farms’ needs.

The 2019 4R Field Tech Day will highlight existing 4R Programs and technologies. The 4R Field day counts towards required 4R Training as required by 4R NY Nutrient Stewardship Certification and offers 5.5 hard-to-find CCA credits. Plus Free lunch!

Date: October 15, 2019
Location: SUNY Morrisville Campus, Morrisville, NY
Address: 80 Eaton St, Morrisville, NY 13408


All morning sessions will take place in Charlton Hall

* 8 a.m. Registration and coffee
* 9:00 a.m. Welcome, Jen Gilbert Jenkins SUNY Morrisville
* 9:15 The 4R Program, Sally Flis, TFI Director of Agronomy, NYSABA Pres.
* 9:45 NRCS programs available to support the implementation of 4R strategies, NRCS speaker
* 10:10 TNC, 4R, and Conservation, Gregg Sargis, TNC
* 10:35 Precision Ag Map- Extracting value from different map layers- Avery DeGolyer, WNY Crop Management, CCA
* 11:00 COFFEE BREAK and transportation to demo 1
* 11:30 Environmental Tillage Systems- Soil Warrior- demo
* 12:15 Lunch (including transportation to lunch and then back to demo sites after lunch)

* Afternoon Demonstrations will take place in fields around the Morrisville Dairy Complex
* 1:30 – 3:00 Rotating 20-minute demonstrations including soil sampling technology from Western New York Crop Management and Growmark FS, Sprayer Calibration and Drone imaging demonstrations by Cazenovia Equipment Company, INC, Cover Crop roller demonstration by SUNY Morrisville and more!
* 3:00 Transportation back to an original parking lot

CCA Credits- 1.5 NM, 3.0 SW

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register:

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489
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