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Turf Love U presentation HERE as:

Powerpoint (19Mb ppt) or PDF (16Mb PDF)

"A Lawn to Dye For", new VA Tech Lawn Care Videos HERE


TURF LOVE PROGRAM AND 

GARDEN LOVE PROGRAM

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Through public workshops and on-site lawn analyses, the Turf Love Program teaches James City County residents how to produce healthy lawns while reducing fertilizer, pesticide, and insecticide use which pollute our streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

James City County residents may enroll in the Turf Love Program for a home visit for $30.  Download the application below, or for more information, call Virginia Cooperative Extension at 757-564-2170.

The Turf Love Program is a partner program with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, the James City County Stormwater Division, and the James City County Service Authority.

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(Download application here!)

WHAT DO I GET?

A specially trained Master Gardener volunteer (a “Lawn Ranger!”) will visit your home, evaluate and measure your lawn, discuss your lawn with you, and take a soil sample.  After the soil sample is analyzed by the Virginia Tech Soil Laboratory, we prepare a custom Nutrient Management Plan especially for your property.  The Plan is good for three years and includes research-based information:

  • Soil analysis
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  • Lime application
  • Fertilization
  • Aeration
  • Mowing
  • Overseeding
  • Watering/Irrigation
  • Insect, weed, and disease control

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT LAWN CARE?

  • During your home visit, you can discuss your lawn with the Lawn Ranger
  • Public and neighborhood presentations
  • Educational workshops
  • o   Turf Love “University” in March of each year (advertised in The Virginia Gazette!)
  • o   Super Turf Saturday in August of each year (advertised in The Virginia Gazette!)
  • Video programs
  • Lawn care publications
  • Lawn questions answered at seasonal Farmers’ Markets.

WHAT IS THE GARDEN LOVE PROGRAM?

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The Garden Love Program seeks to decrease stormwater runoff, which generally flows untreated into our local waterways, polluting our streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  The Program helps James City County citizens install infiltrating rain gardens which capture stormwater runoff.  Funded by a grant, James City County citizens who are Turf Love Program clients can install rain gardens and receive a monetary rebate to help defray the expenses of building the garden.  Our staff designs the rain garden and helps the citizen choose the right plants for the garden.  To apply for the Garden Love Program, just fill out the interest form on the Turf Love Program Application, and we’ll get you started!