Henrico Extension to offer lawn-care workshops in September

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct two workshops in September to help residents use environmentally responsible methods to grow attractive, healthy lawns this fall.

A Do it Yourself: Lawn-Care workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road. The cost is $6 per participant.

The class, sponsored with the Division of Recreation and Parks, will provide an overview of soil testing and preparation, the selection of grass and when to apply fertilizer. To register, go to connect.henricorecandparks.com or call (804) 501-7275 by Monday, Sept. 8.

A free workshop — I Have a Lawn Nutrient Management Plan. Now What? — will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Extension office in the Henrico Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The workshop is open to anyone, but it will explain how to implement a nutrient management plan, a yard-care plan prepared for each participant of the SMART Lawns program. For information on the workshop or to register, call (804) 501-5160. Participants also may register on-site.

Extension continues to accept registrations for SMART Lawns. The cost is $20. Sign-ups are requested by Friday, Sept. 5. The program follows the concepts of SMART — Soil test, Measure, Aerate, Right fertilizer and Trouble-free maintenance. To register, go to henrico.us/extension or call (804) 501-5160.