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!

  1. Complete the 2022 SMART Lawns Enrollment Form using the SMART Lawns brochure to help complete questions. (The SMART Lawns program for 2022 is now closed; check back April 1 for the 2023 program)
  2. Attach a check or money order made payable to: Henrico Master Gardener Fund. (Includes one free soil test for one area of your lawn; for additional lawn areas, there will be an additional small fee per soil sample).
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your enrollment form and check to:
    Henrico Extension Office
    8600 Dixon Powers Drive
    (Human Services Building, 2nd Floor)
    P. O. Box 90775
    Henrico, VA 23273-0775

 

Additional Resources

Booklet - SMART Lawns: A Residential Lawn Care Program to Protect Water Quality
Revised March 2022

 

Establishment/ Renovation

2022 - 23 Virginia Turfgrass Variety Recommendations

3 Options for Fall Lawn Renovation

Establishing Lawns

How to Buy Lawn Seed

Lawn Establishment in Virginia

 

Fertilization

2017 Lawn Fertilizer Products List

Interpreting Your Soil Test (video)

Taking a Soil Sample (video)

Fertilizer Calculator

 

Miscellaneous

Fall Armyworm (video)

Home Landscape Practices to Protect Water Quality

Lawn Moss:  Friend or Foe

Management of Wet Soils

MU Guide – Home Lawn Weed Control

Producing Quality Turfgrass in Shaded Areas

Rain Garden Plants

Selection and Use of Mulches and Landscape Fabrics

 

Maintenance

A Good Turfgrass Maintenance Program for Henrico County

Calibrating Irrigation Systems (video)

Fall Lawn Care

Maintenance Calendar for Warm-Season Turfgrasses in Virginia

Spring and Summer Lawn Management Considerations for Cool-Season Turfgrasses

Spring and Summer Lawn Management Considerations for Warm-Season Turfgrasses

Summer Lawn Management – Watering the Lawn

Summer Lawn Watering - Utility Bill Impacts

Turfgrass Care (video)