Fall is the ideal time to restore cool-season grass, the most common turfgrass grown on lawns in our area. This program describes how to improve lawns and the underlying soil, and outlines steps for ensuring a beautiful weed-free lawn with an emphasis on sustainable practices and minimizing the impact to our native pollinators and wildlife.
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).
- “Spring and Summer Lawn Management: Considerations for Cool-Season Turfgrasses.” http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-532/430-532.html
- “Spring and Summer Lawn Management: Considerations for Warm-Season Turfgrasses.”
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.
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
Provides a quick description of common Lawn Diseases
Calendars provide references for when to provide certain care for your lawn.
- Maintenance Calendar for Cool-Season Lawns in Virginia
- Maintenance Calendar for Warm-Season Lawns in Virginia