A Healthy Virginia Lawns program
Ever wondered what you really should do to maintain a healthy lawn?
Do you know what the pH of your soil is, or why you should care?
When is the best time to fertilize your lawn — spring or fall?
Does the way you maintain your lawn affect the health of neighboring lakes and streams, and even the Chesapeake Bay?
Home Turf, a Healthy Virginia Lawns Program, helps you understand the answers to these and other questions. It provides you research-based and environmentally sound information about maintaining your lawn.
How it works
- For a fee of $40, Master Gardener volunteers will visit your property to assess the general condition of the turfgrass, survey and identify major weeds, and measure your lawn area. (The basic price change is effective January 2018). Additional soil tests are $15 each.
- During the visit, you will be given a “Keep It Simple + Keep It Green” booklet which outlines key steps for proper lawn maintenance in Northern Virginia. The Master Gardener volunteers will also take a blended soil sample for analysis at the Soil Lab at Virginia Tech.
- When the results from the soil test are in, we will generate a Nutrient Management Plan to meet the needs of your lawn. We will send it to you by email or regular mail, if you prefer.
If you have any questions about the Nutrient Management Plan, the Master Gardener volunteers will be happy to answer them.
If you would like to participate in Home Turf, a Healthy Virginia Lawns Program, print and complete the 2018 application and mail in with your payment check. Clients will be sent an acknowledgement of their payment and enrollment for the 2018 season which will begin in May. At the start of the season clients will be contacted to schedule a visit by a Home Turf Team.