Producing quality lawns in Virginia can be challenging. Geographically, Virginia is located in what is known as the transition zone for turfgrasses. This means the climate can be hostile to both cool-season grasses (Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue) and warm-season grasses (bermudagrass, zoysiagrass). However, with proper cultural practices, a healthy lawn can be established and maintained.




 SMART Lawns Brochure

SMART Lawns Fertilizer Calculator


SMART Lawns are beautiful because they are healthy, green up more quickly in the spring, and make the best use of two valuable resources – your time and money.  They are also environmentally responsible and protect your neighborhood streams, lakes, ponds, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

When you join the SMART Lawns Program, A Master Gardener volunteer will come to your home to collect a lawn soil sample and measure your total lawn area. Once we receive the results of your soil analysis, we will formulate a Nutrient Management Plan that will tell you the right kind of fertilizer to apply to your lawn at the right rate and at the right time. Lawn aeration combined with proper maintenance strategies will help correct weed and disease issues, improving the health and appearance of your lawn.

Let us help you get started toward a beautiful, healthy lawn today. It’s the SMART thing to do and enrollment is easy!

We are still accepting applications!  Plans completed now can be applied in 2015.

  1. Complete the 2015 SMART Lawns Enrollment Form.
  2. Attach a check for $20 made payable to: Henrico Master Gardener Fund. (Includes one free soil test for one area of your lawn; for additional lawn areas, add $12.00 per soil sample).
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your enrollment form and check to:

Henrico Extension Office
8600 Dixon Powers Drive
(Human Services Building, 2nd Floor)
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775


DON’T DELAY!  Depending upon the current condition of your lawn, converting to a SMART Lawn may require some planning.  In order to receive your plan for the current year, please enroll by August 15th.


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SMART Lawns Handouts (PDF format)


SMART LAWNS: A Residential Lawn Care Program to Protect Water Quality



2014-2015 Virginia Turfgrass Variety Recommendations

2015 Lawn Fertilizer Products List

3 Options for Fall Lawn Renovation

A Good Turfgrass Maintenance Program for Henrico County

Establishing Lawns

Fall Lawn Care

Home Landscape Practices to Protect Water Quality

How to Buy Lawn Seeds

Lawn Establishment in Virginia

Lawn Moss:  Friend or Foe

Maintenance Calendar for Warm-Season Turfgrasses in Virginia

Maintenance Rates for Lawn Fertilizers

Management of Wet Soils

MU Guide – Home Lawn Weed Control

Producing Quality Turfgrass in Shaded Areas

Rain Garden Plants

Selection and Use of Mulches and Landscaping Fabrics

Summer Lawn Management – Watering the Lawn

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