The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Henrico County improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.
Join the SMART Lawns Program
SMART Lawns is a seasonal, comprehensive program that teaches a step-by-step approach to building healthy lawns and provides participants a plan tailored to fit their specific lawn-care needs. SMART Lawns are beautiful because they are healthy, green up more quickly in the spring, and make the best use of two valuable resources – your time and money. They are also environmentally responsible and protect your neighborhood streams, lakes, ponds, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
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.
When you join the SMART Lawns Program, a Master Gardener volunteer will come to your home to collect a lawn soil sample and measure your total lawn area. Once we receive the results of your soil analysis, we will formulate a Nutrient Management Plan that will tell you the right kind of fertilizer to apply to your lawn at the right rate and at the right time. Lawn aeration combined with proper maintenance strategies will help correct weed and disease issues, improving the health and appearance of your lawn.
Let us help you get started toward a beautiful, healthy lawn today. It’s the SMART thing to do and enrollment is easy!
Upcoming Vegetable Gardening Workshops
Are you interested in growing your own vegetables? This series of classes cover the essential topics — getting started in vegetable gardening, growing more in less space, weed control, succession planning, harvesting & preservation, fall vegetable gardening, and putting your garden to bed for the winter. Read more...
Monday, April 2 – Getting Started & Growing More in Less Space
Wednesday, June 6 – Weed Control, Succession Planning, Harvest & Preservation
Monday, August 13 – Fall Vegetable Gardening and Putting Your Garden to Bed