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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 crisp, cool days of a Virginia fall present the ideal time to establish, renovate, and fertilize cool-season turfgrasses, and serve as a reminder that warm-season grasses need to be prepared for winter dormancy. Turf and Garden Tips offers a variety of educational information to ensure that we have not only great looking lawns, but a healthy, turf that protects the environment rather than harms it.


  • Oct 20, 2014

    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. 
  • Oct 20, 2014

    Selecting a Lawn Service Company

    Do you know what things to look for when you're choosing a new lawn service company? Learn what questions to ask.

  • Oct 20, 2014

    Renovating Cool-season Lawns

    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.

  • Oct 20, 2014

    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. 

  • Oct 20, 2014

    Choosing the Best Turfgrass Varieties

    This podcast explains how the Virginia Turfgrass Variety Recommendation list is derived and how to use it to find and select the best varieties possible for your lawn.

  • Oct 20, 2014

    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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