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 cooler temperatures and shorter days of fall are when homeowners managing warm-season grasses should start to think about preparing their grasses for the winter by raising cutting heights and restricting nitrogen applications. However, those same environmental conditions present the IDEAL time for cool-season turf managers to improve the quality and health of their lawns. Fall is the ideal time in Virginia to emphasize fertilization, establishment, and cultivation in cool-season lawns and efforts now will be rewarded in 2017. Turf and Garden Tips offers timely tips that will help you have a great looking, environmentally friendly lawn and landscape.
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.
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 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.
The extended heat and drought of the summer has wreaked havoc on cool-season lawns. Whether you need partial or complete renovation, this podcast provides tips in grass selection, establishment, fertility and weed control that will restore it to spring-like quality.
Please contact your local Extension office for more information related to your turf and garden questions.