Use signs to inform visitors of regulations and efforts of a local group to protect this historic place.
- When possible, lighting helps to deter vandals and unwanted night time loiterers. Provide trash receptacles and have them emptied regularly.
- Provide some benches to invite local citizens to enjoy your cemetery and treat it with respect.
- Have tours and place information about your cemetery in local libraries and schools.
- Don’t mow immediately around the stone or use nylon whip weed-whackers. You can often see scars on old stones that have suffered from these methods. Perhaps if you can equip the mower with a rubber guard it would help.
- Don’t use commercial herbicides around stones. Even if your product is environmentally safe, the stone can wick up the chemical from the ground and, mixed with its own salts, can cause corrosive reactions.
Consider replacing weedy overgrowth with close lying ground covers (another way to eliminate mowing around stones). Crushed stone is another option but take into the consideration the visibility and historic integrity of your burial ground or cemetery. This is an excellent fix for those family cemeteries that are off the beaten track where a lawn mower would never go anyway.
- Remove scrub trees and prune shrubs to prevent damage to stones. Large trees that should also be addressed, especially if they have large broken limbs or are diseased and could fall onto your gravemarkers causing damage.
- In some area’s like Connecticut we have laws that need be considered when taking on projects of this nature, as C.G.S. Section 19a-315a et seq. which addresses rehabilitating an old burial ground, and this includes fences and curbing.