Fall 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
- 00:00 Intro
- 03:52 Grass Types
- 07:52 Soil Tests
- 14:04 Questions
- 14:48 Soil Preparation
- 16:35 Fertilizer Basics
- 20:55 Fertilizer Application & Timing
- 26:44 Questions
- 33:27 Lawn Measurement, Fertilizer Ratio and Use
- 46:37 When & Why of Fertilizer Timing
- 48:30 Seeding, Mowing Irrigation, & etc
- 58:04 Summary
- 59:28 Questions
Additional Resources for Lawn Care
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.
Explains the need for and process of core aeration.
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.
- Maintenance Calendar for Cool-Season Lawns in Virginia https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-523/430-523.html
- Maintenance Calendar for Warm-Season Lawns in Virginia https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-522/430-522.html