Got Grass? How to Manage Your Turf Grass After the Snow Melts?

Please join Arlington Virginia Cooperative Extension for our spring Turf Management program presented by Dr. Mike Goatley on Tuesday March 11 from 7-9 PM at the Arlington Mills Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22204

Register to attend the Turf Management program by calling the Horticulture Help Desk at 703 228 6414 or email kbuhls@vt.edu with Turf Management in the subject line.

Soil Test
Soil Testing is a valuable way to ensure that you are providing optimal growing conditions for your plants and will help you to reduce your costs and reduce nutrient runoff in our Chesapeake watershed.

Soil Sample Boxes and Test Process

  • Pick up soil sampling box at the Virginia Cooperative Extension Arlington and Alexandria offices
  • Fill box with soil samples
  • Send soil sample box with form and fee to the Virginia Tech Lab for analysis and recommendations of nutrients to condition your plants whether vegetables, ornamentals or turf grass
  • In a few days, the Virginia Tech Lab will respond with email or fax with analysis of your soil sample and what is needed to condition optimally for your plantings

Nutrient Care for Lawn Service Providers
The over-application of garden/lawn nutrient applications is a major contributor to nutrient runoff to the Chesapeake Bay. If you hire a lawn care provider, help ensure that they are applying fertilizer as prescribed by actual soil results for your property: Nutrient Care for Lawn Service Providers: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-400/430-400.html

Whether you look after a lawn and turf grass yourself or hire a lawn care service, Dr Mike Goatley will give you plenty of cost-effective advice to ensure you can manage your lawn and turf grass to help reduce the impact on the Chesapeake Bay.

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