Healthy Virginia Lawns

We will reopen in Spring 2021

Thank you Loudoun County residents for an excellent 2020 season despite uncertainty caused by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.  This new reality is a challenge, but we strengthened our program with best safety practices that protect you and our volunteers.  Our determined commitment to health has continued our ability to provide you this important service. 

This year we provided many lawn management plans to help homeowners grow beautiful healthy grass and protect our waterways.   

We are no longer accepting new signups for 2020, but we will open up again in early April!  Please remember to act early and let us help you take the mystery out of managing a beautiful green space. See you in April 2021!!

The Healthy Virginia Lawns Team
Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners


Yes, you can have a healthier, greener lawn while also improving the Chesapeake Bay watershed and reducing pollutants.

Most of us habitually trek to the store each spring or when our grass looks like it’s declining, scan the bagged products on the shelf and select what we hope will result in a lusher, greener lawn. Results rarely meet our expectations and create the unfortunate side effect of excessive fertilizer (nitrogen and phosphorus) running off or leaching into nearby streams and rivers. Algae blooms, fueled by these excess nutrients, consume oxygen in the water, block sunlight, suffocate aquatic life and prevent underwater plants from photosynthesizing.

There is a better way. Healthy Virginia Lawns (HVL) volunteers visit your property, complete a site analysis of your yard, measure the area of turfgrass and collect a representative soil sample.  The sample is mailed to Virginia Tech where it is tested and a comprehensive analysis produced. 

What clients are saying:

“Thank you for the detailed report on our lawn that will help us maintain it in a responsible way.”

 “This is an excellent program and is making a large impact on sustainable lawn maintenance, certainly from my personal experience. We appreciate all the dedicated individuals supporting this initiative and the great work you do.”

Resources

Learn from the experts and keep our watershed clean from pollutants.

Keeping Brambleton Beautiful: a video about best practices
Best Practices video
All the details about Loudoun’s Healthy Virginia Lawns program in a printable PDF
HVL brochure 2018
Research Based Lawn Care Publications
Lawn Resources from Cooperative Extension
Podcasts:
Selecting a Lawn Service

Turf Tips
https://ext.vt.edu/lawn-garden/turfandgardentips/tips/selecting-lawn-service.html
https://ext.vt.edu/lawn-garden/turfandgardentips/tips/your-lawn-and-the-environment.html