Join the SMART Lawns Program

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SMART Lawns is a seasonal, comprehensive program that teaches a step-by-step approach to building healthy lawns and provides participants a plan tailored to fit their specific lawn-care needs. 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.

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.

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!

How to Receive this Service

We are still accepting applications!  Plans completed now can be applied in 2016.

  1. Complete the 2016 SMART Lawns Enrollment Form.
  2. Attach a check or money order 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.

Additional Resources


Booklet – SMART Lawns: A Residential Lawn Care Program to Protect Water Quality

2015-2016 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

Fertilizer Calculator

Home Landscape Practices to Protect Water Quality

How to Buy Lawn Seed

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

Selection and Use of Mulches and Landscape Fabrics

Spring and Summer Lawn Management Considerations for Cool-Season Turfgrasses

Spring and Summer Lawn Management Considerations for Warm-Season Turfgrasses

Summer Lawn Management – Watering the Lawn

Contact Us

Extension Office

Physical Address
8600 Dixon Powers Dr.
Henrico Government Complex
Human Services Building
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-5160

(804) 501-5169

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775


Office hours:
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. EST,
Monday through Friday