Turf Love Offers Eco-Friendly Lawn Care Assistance to JCC Residents

The Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) has partnered with the James City County Stormwater & Resource Protection Division and the Virginia Cooperative Extension James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners to offer County residents assistance with environmentally-friendly lawn care. CSWCD is a regional political subdivision offering voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs. These programs have historically been geared towards the agricultural community, so the District is excited to offer this program as a means of serving its urban and suburban constituents.

The purpose of Turf Love is to help homeowners grow and maintain healthy lawns while preventing environmental harm through over-application of fertilizers or pesticides and preventing soil erosion. This is accomplished through homeowner site visits from trained Virginia Cooperative Extension James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners, known as Lawn Rangers, who discuss the importance of lawn care, and the potential for environmental issues that stem from not maintaining a healthy lawn, with each homeowner. The Lawn Rangers also measure the lawn and take soil samples to ensure accurate nutrient recommendations. After the soil sample results and homeowner goals have been evaluated, the homeowner will receive a certified nutrient management plan. This plan is specific to each homeowner's lawn maintenance needs, goals, and surrounding environment; decreases the risk of environmental harm from routine lawn care; and often provides an economical benefit from reduced costs associated with over-application of nutrients and over-watering through irrigation.

To learn more about Turf Love, visit the CSWCD website at www.colonialswcd.net or call the office at (757) 645-4895.

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