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UNIT 4 Protecting Water Quality through Better Turf Management and Targeting Your Community

Lawn care habits, such as fertilization, mowing, and pest management, can have drastic implications for water quality. This unit explains best management practices for lawns and turf. The second part of this unit focuses on targeting specific needs of your community and turning these needs into goals for your VCE Master GardeneróWater Steward program. At the end of this unit, workgroups will have assessed the needs of their community and set functional goals for their VCE MGWS program.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Become familiar with the best management practices for lawn and turf

  2.  Assess the needs of your community

  3. Set goals for your local VCE Master GardeneróWater Steward Program

Understanding Water

  • Best Management Practices for Lawn and Turf

Becoming a Steward

  • Identifying Community Needs and Developing a Unit Profile

  • Setting Goals

Unit Review

VCE Master Gardener Handbook

1. Chapter 12 Lawns

Suggested readings

Understanding Water

Jemison, J.M., Jr. 1992. Best Management Practices for the Home, Part 1: Lawn and Turf. Maine Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet #20, pp. 1-2.

Mugaas, B. 1995. Correct Mowing Height. Minnesota Extension Service INFO-U Script 538.

Taylor, D. 1995. Aeration of Lawns. Minnesota Extension Service INFO-U Script 520.

Staff. 1995. Fall Core Cultivation of Lawns. PENpages News, September 13, 1995.

Mugaas, B. 1995. Spring Lawn Repair. Minnesota Extension Service INFO-U Script 526.

Polomski, R.F. and A.P Ruden. 1990. Lawn Care and Choosing a Lawn Service Care Company. R.N. Waghray, editor. Agriculture Information Center Publication, pp. 1-8.

Hall, J.R., III, D.R. Chalmers, and W.D. McKissack. 1992. Turfgrass Nutrient and Pesticide Management for Public Lands. Virginia

Becoming a Steward

Identifying Community Needs & Developing a Unit Profile

Staff. Situation Analysis Part 2 & 3: Identify Community Needs and Develop a Unit Profile. Advanced VCE Master GardeneróProgram Design, Implementation, and Evaluation Handbook. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Lambur, M. 1986. Interpret Data and Decide on Program Direction. Virginia Cooperative Extension Service Toward the Year 2000: Programming Handbook, p. 35-36. VCE Extension Publication 490-800.

Setting Goals

Staff. Your MG Steward Goals. Advanced VCE Master GardeneróProgram Design, Implementation, and Evaluation Handbook. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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