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Raise the Blade research

Lake Champlain Sea Grant, UVM, and UVM Extension are researching if differences in soil and grass health exist between lawn cut to 2" and lawn cut to 3" where clippings are allowed to decompose. Ten local businesses/organizations have allowed us to use a portion of their lawn to manage and study over time. 

Results will be posted here over time.

Thanks to the following businesses/organizations for allowing us to use your lawn for this research study!

Curtis Lumber logoECHO, the Leahy Center logoFarrell Vending logoHulbert Supply logoMain Street Landing logoMagic Hat logoLake Point Property ManagementUVM logo


This research is associated with a homeowner outreach program called Raise the Blade, being led by Lake Champlain Basin Program in parternship with multiple state, regional and local organizations. Learn more at