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, take soil specimens for testing, survey and identify major weeds, and measure the square footage of your lawn area.
- 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. (Note: Lawns under 10,000 sq ft require only one composite soil test. Each soil test consists of 12-15 soil probes throughout the area measured.) If your lawn is over 10,000 sq ft or if you manage certain areas of your lawn differently, it is optional to request up to 2 additional tests for an additional $15 fee for each.
- 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. (Please note that s of high demand, it sometimes takes upward of 30 days so schedule a visit.)
If you would like to participate in Home Turf, a Healthy Virginia Lawns Program, we will be taking applications and payments for 2019 after January. Clients will be sent an acknowledgement of their payment and their enrollment in the program. Soon afterward, clients will be contacted to schedule a visit by a Home Turf Team. Please note that the final date for the 2018 season was September 15. Applications received after this date will be held for the 2019 season.