- 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
A flat marker
that needs annual maintenence...
It becomes in danger of becoming overgrown.
is a prime example of poorly planned maintenance; this shallow shelf
has caused severe erosion and helped also by contact with the blade
of an earth mover. The opposite photo shows and expanse that was believed
to not hold any graves, so thought the workers driving over it.
cemetery and the crew was unaware that the area being excavated contained
old, poorly documented gravesites...