Turf Love is a partner program between James City County Stormwater, the James River Service Authority and Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers. Through public workshops and home visits, Extension Master Gardener volunteers (called Lawn Rangers) teach homeowners how to produce healthy turf while reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides which pollute streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. Water conservation is also promoted through proper mowing techniques. Turf Love is the gateway to Garden Love, which educates the homeowner on the use and applications of rain gardens to manage stormwater in an environmentally friendly way. Information and answers to questions on lawn, soil and weeds are given at the MG Farmers’ Market booth every other week.
**** THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO JAMES CITY COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY****
Cost: $30.00 (to be mailed with application)
Registration: open year round
Application: Turf Love Application
Pruning Clinics–Closed for 2017
The Pruning Clinics program promotes sustainable landscapes that improve the environment by offering workshops and home-based pruning lessons for individual homeowners and small neighborhood groups, as well pruning workshops for the general public. During yard visits, teams of two to four Master Gardeners provide hands-on training to help homeowners maintain healthy ornamental shrubs and small trees. Both homeowners and groups are instructed in pruning techniques and appropriate tools, and are provided with additional resources on pruning their plants. These visits are scheduled in the winter/early spring.
Registration: December 15 – January 15
Landscape Love–Closed for Fall 2017
Extension Master Gardeners teams educate homeowners on Best Management Practices for a beautiful, healthy, and sustainable landscape. The program will also seek to enhance water quality and conservation practices to restore and protect our local watersheds. Staff and trained Extension Master Gardener volunteers will develop educational materials, complete on–site homeowner visits, and suggest planting and maintenance recommendations including:
• Appropriate plant selection, placement and care, efficient irrigation and fertilization and Integrated Pest Management practices.
• Reducing the use of water, fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, and fossil fuels
• Suggesting appropriate plant materials and routine maintenance to assure success by encouraging the use of native plants, trees, and shrubs, composting, and reuse of yard debris. Reinforce the elements of a sustainable landscape.
• To educate local homeowners, Homeowner Associations, and community groups on the adverse environmental effects of landscape practices and their relationship to the environment such as the use of exotic invasive species, mulches from declining resources and storm water surface runoff.
• Establishing diversified landscape practices which support habitat preservation for wildlife and a healthier environment.
Registration–two sessions annually:
Spring: March 15-April 15
Fall: Applications accepted August 15-September 15–now closed
This is a new 2016 program to respond to community needs for assistance with issues concerning trees. Initially the program will respond to calls through the EMG Help Desk concerning tree issues. JCC/W Tree Stewards in 2-3 person teams visit homes to better define the issue and take samples that will be sent to VT to analysis. A final report to the homeowner will include results of the VT analysis and care recommendations based on the VT document Integrated Pest Management for Homes.
Registration: open year-round
Application: email Kate Robbins @ email@example.com with name, address, brief description of problem and picture if possible