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.
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.
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.
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.
Please contact your local Extension office for more information related to your turf and garden questions.