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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!

The heat, humidity, and potential for extended periods of either drought or excessive moisture always make it a challenge to sustain a great looking lawn in a typical Virginia summer. Warm-season grasses (and weeds) are thriving in summer conditions, while cool-season grasses often require special management to perform as desired. Turf and Garden Tips offers a variety of educational information to ensure that we have not only great looking lawns, but a healthy, actively growing turf that protects the environment rather than harms it.


  • Jul 10, 2014

    Lawn Management During Heat and Drought

    This podcast describes best management practices in optimizing the growth and health of cool-season lawns during periods of extended heat and drought.

  • Jul 09, 2014

    Managing Mushrooms in the Lawn

    Mushrooms, toadstools, puff balls... all are the fruiting structures of a diverse group of soil-borne fungi that appear in our lawns every now and then. Commonly called "fairy ring," this podcast details the practical management of this fungus that attracts so much attention when it appears.

  • Jul 08, 2014

    Choosing and Establishing Warm-season Turfgrasses for Virginia Lawns

    Given its transition zone location, choosing a lawn grass is a difficult decision in many parts of Virginia.  The mountain region (USDA Horticultural zones 5b-6b) is likely best suited for cool-season turf, but even here we have a few zoysiagrass and bermudagrass lawns, and a host of bermudagrass athletic fields and golf courses.  Central Virginia from Richmond to Southside (mostly zones 6b to 7a) is probably the most difficult area to choose a ‘best’ turfgrass for a lawn because of the likelihood of both hot summers and cold winters, a combination not likely to produce long-term success with either warm or cool-season grasses.  The eastern part of Virginia (zones 7b to 8a) is better suited for warm-season grasses but the predominant lawn grass continues to be the cool-season tall fescue.
  • Jul 07, 2014

    Summer Grassy Weed Control in Lawns

    This podcasts discusses the predominant summer grassy weeds found in Virginia's lawns, some tips in how to identify them, and presents options and challenges in their control. 

  • Jul 06, 2014

    Beetlemania—White Grub Control in Lawns

    This podcast describes methods in identifying grub damage in lawns, how to optimize treatment effectiveness, and the role that beetle traps might play in pest management around the landscape.

  • Jul 05, 2014

    Driving Homeowners ‘Nuts – Sedge’ in the Lawn

    Have you got ‘grass patches’ that grow at least twice as fast  as your turf during the summer, even during some of the hottest weather possible?  You likely are combating yellow nutsedge, a common warm-season lawn weed all across Virginia.

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