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Virginia Lawn Care Tips | Lawn Care Tips for Virginia Residents


A guy fertilizing his lawnAs the early spring temperatures start to rise, our minds inevitably turn to our yards. It's time to plant flowers, plant grass seed and fertilize your lawn.

Before rushing out to get & apply lawn fertilizer you should first determine if and how much your lawn needs this spring, particularly if you live in or near Virginia. As part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, our actions regarding lawn care can have a direct impact on the plant and animal life in the Chesapeake Bay - as well as economic impacts.

Virginia, the District of Columbia and five other eastern states make up what is known as the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. More than 100,000 streams, creeks and rivers from these areas flow towards the Chesapeake Bay. You may not realize it, but our local waterways act like pipelines sending our water runoff, the good and the bad, directly to the Bay. When too many chemicals get mixed in our local waters, it can damage the Bay's fragile ecosystem. Read more from the USGS: Scientific Solutions For A Healthy Bay & Watershed.

During the spring, lawn fertilizer can easily get washed away with spring rains. This runoff which enters the creeks, rivers and streams can carry excess nitrogen creating an increase in the growth of algae as well as reducing water clarity.

This runoff can result in stress to the Bay's underwater plant and animal life. Spring fertilizer runoff from your yard can lower oxygen levels in the Chesapeake Bay and damage the summer crab harvest and negatively impact the livelihood of Virginia fishermen.

Two girls and a dog in the grassAs stewards of our environment, careful consideration should be taken when working on your lawn. Call us or come into your local Southern States to get lawn care advice & help when putting down your fertilizer.

Start with these lawn care tips and do your part to help protect the Chesapeake Bay & Virginia:

  • Fertilize your yard when it truly needs it. Fall is the best time, however if you are interested in laying lawn fertilizer in spring, call us or come in to talk to our Lawn Experts about how much you'll need and what is the most eco-friendly fertilizer to put down.
  • Stop into your store and conduct a soil test. The results of this test will tell you exactly how much fertilizer you'll need to get your soil right & grass green.
  • Don't apply more lawn fertilizer than necessary. If you skipped a year or two of fertilizing, you can't make up for it by over fertilizing in one season.
  • Don't bag your grass clippings when mowing your lawn. Leftover grass clippings on your lawn provide a natural source of nitrogen that will feed your grass.

See your local Southern States lawn specialist with specific questions about grass seed and lawn fertilizer for your yard.


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