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.

There is no time of year that generates as much excitement in the management of lawns and landscapes as spring. Sales of all lawn and garden products soar as many homeowners strive for the best looking lawn possible. However, your enthusiasm for returning the lawn to tip-top shape should be tempered enough so that you make sound agronomic and environmental management decisions. Smart choices now will result in a healthy, dense turf canopy that will better withstand the environmental extremes of the summer months.

Sampling the soil to determine pH and nutrient levels is always a prudent choice in developing a management program for a lawn, especially if a soil test has not been done within the past three years (Figure 1). Any time of year is appropriate for sampling. A majority of Virginia soils are acidic and need to be amended with periodic applications of lime.



Lawns Handouts (PDF format)


Booklet – SMART Lawns: A Residential Lawn Care Program to Protect Water Quality
Revised May 2017


2016-2017 Virginia Turfgrass Variety Recommendations

2017 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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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

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