Fall Lawn Care: Lawn Care Basics

Lawn bannerMGNV - Best Management Practices logoFall is the ideal time to restore cool-season grass, the most common turfgrass grown on lawns in our area. This program will describe how to improve lawns and the underlying soil, and outline steps for ensuring a beautiful weed-free lawn with an emphasis on sustainable practices and minimizing the impact to our native pollinators and wildlife.

This free online class was offered by Extension Master Gardeners.

Speaker: Extension Master Gardener Joyce Hylton
Zoom session, recorded August 28, 2020

Video of Presentation

Additional Resources for Lawn Care

Turfgrass Lawns

These two publications are among the best for providing clear, in-depth guidance for starting and maintaining your lawns, either cool-season (fescues, rye, Kentucky blue) or warm-season (zoysia, bermuda).

Provides thorough coverage of Fall Lawn Care for both Cool and Warm Season Turfgrasses.

Fall Lawn Care

Explains the need for and process of core aeration.

Core Aeration: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/430/430-002/430-002_pdf.pdf

Covers the most environmentally sensitive way to use fertilizers.

Lawn Fertilization in Virginia  J.M. Goatley, et.al. http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/CSES/CSES-135/CSES-135-pdf.pdf

An overview of weeds and techniques for management

Master Gardener Virtual Classroom; Weed ID and Management

Explains practices that can effect weed control in lawns

Weed Suppression in Lawns: https://mgnv.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Weed-Suppression-in-Lawns-–-2020-PMG.pdf

Provides a quick description of common Lawn Diseases

Lawn Diseases: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-diseases

Calendars provide references for when to provide certain care for your lawn.