Master Gardeners to offer free, at-home landscaping clinics

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Master Gardeners will be making home visits to area homeowners to give them free advice on lawncare. (Courtesy JCC/Williamsburg Master Gardeners)
Master Gardeners will be making home visits to area homeowners to give them free advice on lawncare. (Courtesy JCC/Williamsburg Master Gardeners)

For those struggling to keep up with their garden this fall, the Landscape Love Project is here to help. The program will provide free, at-home landscaping classes from late September through October.

According to a news release, the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the James City County/Williamsburg Master Gardeners’ Landscape Love Project is offering residents a free consultation on landscape best management practices at the homeowner’s residence.

The goal of the program is to give homeowners the information they need to not only have beautiful lawns but also create healthy, diverse and easy to maintain habitats for native flora and fauna.

During the session, the homeowner and a team of VCE Master Gardeners will discuss and identify landscaping problems. The gardeners will address plant selection, placement and care: reducing use of water, fertilizers and pesticides, the use of native plants, composting and reuse of yard debris, drainage, erosion and water control issues, the release stated.

According to the release, the program is geared toward “establishing diversified landscape practices that support habitat preservation and protect our local waters.”

The application period closes Sept. 15. Visit jccwmg.org and click on Landscape Love to fill out the online registration form. On-site visits will be scheduled from late September through October. For questions or additional information call the Virginia Cooperative Extension James City County Office at 757-564-2170.