5 Tips to Get Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Fall

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It’s football and fall festival season, but for homeowners and gardeners, it’s prime time for lawn and garden work.

Our master gardeners answered your questions during a recent online chat.

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Our gardeners also offer these five tips.


#1: Test Soil

Test soil to determine which nutrients are available in your area. Test results will provide liming and fertilization recommendations. Learn more about the Home Turf program.


#2: Seed Now

Seed now through mid-October, then again in March to achieve best results. Tall fescue is the most commonly used lawn grass in this part of Virginia. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and climatic conditions, and makes a great choice for those trying to get their lawn lush and green.


#3: Fertilize

Fertilize in October and November – not in the spring! Use those soil test results to determine which kind of fertilizer you should be using.


#4: Grass Heights

Mow high maintaining a grass height of 2”-3” using a share blade in your mower.


#5: Plant!

Get ready for autumn with the Fall Garden Day Plant Sale at Green Spring Gardens on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local vendors will be on hand with a collection of perennials, annuals, shrubs, edibles and trees to keep your landscape vibrant as the days grow shorter.

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