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Lawn and Garden: Turf and Garden Tips Podcast

Turf and horticulture experts detail best management practices in how to attain a great looking lawn and landscape with environmentally-friendly management strategies.  What grasses and ornamental plants are best suited for your site? How do you establish or renovate a lawn or ornamental bed?  How do you safely and effectively manage pests? The following podcasts can help guide you toward a healthy, happy lawn and garden!

  • Mar 28, 2014

    An Exercise in Calibration: Accurate Applications of Granular Products Without Rotary Spreader Calibration

    If one knows their lawn area AND doesn’t mind a little exercise, granular fertilizers or pesticides can be accurately applied to lawns with a rotary spreader without going through all the steps and calculations of spreader calibration.

        Diagram of how to figure out the area of your lawn.
  • Mar 20, 2014

    Spring Lawn Establishment Tips

    This podcast details the importance of using certified seed and sod when planting lawns, appropriate seeding rates, and how to achieve long-term success by proper soil tillage, fertilization, irrigation, and mowing.

        Spring Lawn Establishment Tips
  • Mar 19, 2014

    Crabgrass – A Real Pain in the Grass!

    Crabgrass is the number one weed in lawns and the best time to treat is usually before it is seen. This podcast details the best management practices in developing a crabgrass control program.

        Crabgrass – A Real Pain in the Grass!
  • Mar 18, 2014

    Spring Broadleaf Weed Control in Virginia’s Lawns

    Warm spring temperatures lead to a resurgence in growth from our lawns as well as our broadleaf weeds. What steps can we take to maximize weed control while protecting our turf and our environment? This podcast details best management practices in spring broadleaf weed control.

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Spring Lawn Fertilization—Getting it Right!

    This podcast describes the steps in choosing and applying fertilizers to lawns in ways that result in a healthy, great looking lawn. Particular emphasis is placed on the selection of nitrogen sources that best suit the homeowner's needs.
        Spring Lawn Fertilization—Getting it Right!
  • Mar 15, 2014

    Springtime Mulching

    Why do we want to Mulch?  

        Mulch bed with edge


    Mulching is a practice that trees have been doing all by themselves for thousands of years.  Each year, trees drop leaves or needles to the forest floor, forming a layer of organic matter.  This layer serves many functions, but first and foremost it provides cover to the soil, reducing or eliminating erosion.  This layer of leaves also helps to retain moisture, adds organic material to the root zone of the plant, and allows of recycling of nutrients.

A lawn to Dye for

    Shawn Askew, Extension Turfgrass Weed Specialist at Virginia Tech, adjust a blade on a lawn mower to help homeowners properly mow their lawns.

Watch Head Golf Coach Jay Hardwick and turfgrass experts provide lawn care tips at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech. 

Topics include watering, fertilizing, mowing, soil testing, dealing with weeds, choosing the right grass, and combating diseases. More >>

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Spring Lawns Management Tips

As the longer days and warmer weather of Spring arrives, our lawns and landscapes will emerge from their winter slumber and provide us with some of the year's most picturesque landscapes. There are several important tips to follow in our transition zone climate regarding the overall management of our lawns, including the selection of appropriate products, rates, and their application timing. Turf and Garden Tips offers a variety of educational information to ensure that we have not only great looking lawns, but a healthy, actively growing turf that protects the environment rather than harms it. 

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Please contact your local Extension office for more information related to your turf and garden questions.