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March 25, 2013

Grow “green” grass with help from Master Gardener

Soil is collected for testing
“Green” Grass is good grass.

That is true when the “Green” refers to environmentally responsible.

The Fauquier County Master Gardener “Green” Grass program is a water quality program that educates homeowners on the unique needs of the turfgrass lawn and how to help keep our waterways clear by reducing nutrient runoff.

This is done with soil analysis, a sound nutrient management plan, and a supplied manual titled “Green” Grass Practices for Fauquier County. These responsible cultural practices will result in a greener lawn.

Fauquier County Master Gardeners are set to begin another year with a popular program that doubled participation last year.

The program works like this:

  • A resident fills out a two-page survey about his their current lawn care. The resident mails that form to the Fauquier Extension Office with a check for $20 made out to the Treasurer of Virginia Tech. This fee covers the cost of the soil test and the equipment used to measure the area of the lawn.
  • A volunteer will set an appointment to visit the home. The volunteer will measure the area of the lawn, take a soil sample, identify the type of grass and assess the general conditions of the turf. The volunteer will also leave a packet of information with the client.
  • After the soil test results come back from Virginia Tech, a customized Nutrient Management Plan for the lawn will be presented to the homeowner.
  • Applications are accepted April 1st through September 15th or until openings are filled.

This is a popular program. We suggest you sign up early to assure you will have the results when you need them.

— Steve Hall is a Volunteer Master Gardener.
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