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Natural Resources

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Staff and volunteers with the Prince William Cooperative Extension’s Environment and Natural Resources program provide educational programs for individuals and business to implement sound practices producing aesthetically pleasing landscapes that have minimal negative impacts on the environment. Programs include:

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FALL Tips for Your Landscape

Cooler weather is upon us.  Here are some timely tips for the season

Lime – May or May Not be Needed

  • Lime applications are not annual maintenance;  Apply based on soil test results.  Contact the Extension Horticulture Help Desk for a soil kit.

Aerate in September

  • Temporarily reduces compaction, does light de-thatching and opens the soil

Apply Compost in September

  • ¼ to ½ inch per application for established lawns
  • 1 to 2 inches incorporated pre-planting for new lawns

Fertilize in September – November

  • Applications should be made based on a soil test results
  • Safe rule of thumb for most lawns is 2 or 3 applications of fertilizer, at a rate of up to 0.7 lbs. N per 1,000 sf per application
  • Fine fescue lawns and grass in shade may only need 1 or 2 applications
  • Applications should be made at least 30 days apart
  • Don't fertilize if the ground is frozen

Seed in September (ideally) – late October

  • Late summer and fall herbicide applications can interfere with seeding
  • Choose the right plant for the conditions
    • Full Sun – Tall Fescue or Tall Fescue/Bluegrass
    • Partial Sun – Tall Fescue, Fine Fescues or Tall and Fine Fescue Mix
    • Heavy Shade – Alterative Ground Covers

FAll is the Best time for planting

Want to plant more trees, shrubs or perennials?  Fall is the best time to plant new trees and shrubs

Divide your perennials, add new plants, and plant trees and shrubs. 

Join us the the Teaching Garden for Saturday in the Garden, October 21 for tips on planting Trees and Shrubs.


Check out our free horticulture classes and the VCE Prince William Master Gardener program 


Our Facebook page has daily articles and diagnostic information of interest to home gardeners.  Search for VCE Prince William Master Gardeners

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Virginia Cooperative Extension

Environment and Natural Resources

8033 Ashton Ave. Suite 105

Manassas VA 20109


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