2011 Search for Excellence Innovative Projects Winners- 2nd place

The Grass Roots project by the  Chesterfield County Master Gardeners from Virginia received second place in the Innovative Projects category at the International Master Gardener Conference for their project which emphasized sustainable lawns.

Homeowners are often frustrated with the condition of their lawn and tired of throwing away money on seed and fertilizer, only to see no improvements.  They can get to the ROOT of the problem through the Grass Roots Program!

A site visit begins with measuring the lawn area.

Site visits create healthy lawn, protect watershed

Grass Roots offers Chesterfield County residents the chance to learn about and remedy the specific problems contributing to their lawn’s current condition.  We offer personalized recommendations tailored to each lawn’s needs, which when followed can lead to a “green” – both beautiful and environmentally-friendly – lawn.

The program includes a site visit by a Master Gardener volunteer who measures lawn area, collects soil sample(s) and completes a detailed site evaluation, including information on soil compaction and weed cover.  Cooperative Extension staff uses this information in conjunction with soil test results to make specific recommendations for each lawn.

In the past 14 years, the Grass Roots program has helped over 4,600 county residents adopt lawn care practices that provide them with healthier turf and protect the watershed from excess fertilizers and pesticides. Surveys show that past participants are very happy with the information they received and the results they are seeing in their lawns.

An Extension Master Gardener takes soil samples to test for nutrient management and pH.

For more information about this Extension Master Gardener program, see Chesterfield County Master Gardener site

Written by Susan Edwards, ANR Technician and Master Gardener Coordinator, Chesterfield County, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Posted by Monica David, IMGC Vice President

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