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Turf and horticulture experts detail best management practices in how to attain a great looking lawn and landscape with environmentally-friendly management strategies.  What grasses and ornamental plants are best suited for your site? How do you establish or renovate a lawn or ornamental bed?  How do you safely and effectively manage pests? The following podcasts can help guide you toward a healthy, happy lawn and garden!

For those managing cool-season lawn grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass or fine fescue, Fall is the ideal time to establish, fertilize, and employ numerous cultural management tools/programs that will improve lawns both now AND in 2016. Fall is also the time to prepare warm-season lawn grasses like bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, centipedegrass or St. Augustinegrass for winter dormancy period by adjusting mowing heights and fertility programs prior to the first frost of the season. Turf and Garden Tips offers timely tips that will help you have a great looking, environmentally friendly lawn and landscape.

  • Sep 24, 2015

    Fall Fertility Strategies for Virginia’s Homelawns

    There are some definite do’s and don’ts when it comes to fertilizing Virginia’s homelawns in the fall, primarily in terms of appropriate timing and fertilizer rates for the many grasses grown in this state. This podcast discusses fertility programs for cool- and warm-season grasses that will promote the health and quality of your turf, as well as protect the environment. 

  • Sep 24, 2015

    “Fall” Into Your Lawn: Establishing Cool-season Turfgrasses

    After selecting the best plant material for your location and preparing your soil, it is now time to plant your seed or sod.  This podcast takes you through the steps in fall turf establishment and post-planting management.

  • Sep 24, 2015

    Breaking the Spring Seeding Cycle

    As winter breaks and temperatures warm up, many spend some time outdoors, working in the lawn and garden areas, enjoying the sun and making a list of things to get done this year.  As we look at the lawn, we often see thin or bare areas, weedy areas, and parts of the lawn we just wish looked better.  We get excited as the days get warmer, and we decide, this year, I am going to fix this lawn up.  A trip to the store follows, bringing home grass seed, fertilizer, maybe lime, and perhaps even straw for the more ambitious of us. 
  • Sep 24, 2015

    My Lawn ‘Stinks’: Skunk Damage

    Did you wake up one morning in early fall, take a look at your lawn, and think that somebody must have vandalized it with a shovel? You probably received a visit from a skunk or a raccoon.
  • Sep 24, 2015

    Mow Like a Pro

    There is nothing done more frequently in landscape maintenance than mowing the lawn, and nothing that is done with a greater frequency of mistakes either!  This podcast details some of the most critical mistakes commonly made in mowing turf and how you can avoid them in your quest for a great looking, healthy lawn.

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