Learn Your Landscape

Residents can learn about maintaining and enhancing their landscape. The program includes a site visit by trained Master Gardener volunteers. The volunteers will evaluate and answer site specific questions regarding your property, such as:

  • Why are the plants in my yard not thriving?  
  • What plants will grow well in my area of Chesterfield County?  
  • What plants are on my property and how do I take care of them?  
  • How can I improve the sustainability of my landscape ?  
  • How can I create habitat for beneficial wildlife like birds & bees? 

This program features a wildlife habitat component to the site assessment, in cooperation with the Habitat Partners © Program of the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

A $30 fee (subject to change) covers the cost of supplies, materials and personalized guide. A limited number of registrations are accepted each year, so register early if you would like to take part. Please note that turf grasses will not be addressed in this program. If you would like an assessment of your turf, please register with the Grass Roots program through our office separately. 

The Learn Your Landscape Program is closed for 2016. Join the waiting list for an email reminder when applications become available in Spring 2017. Also you can call us at 804-751-4401 or email us at vce@chesterfield.gov to be placed on this list or get more information.

Watch a video about Learn Your Landscape featuring Chesterfield Master Gardener, Lynne Foote.

Additional Program Details:

As a participant in this program, you will be contacted by trained Master Gardener volunteers who will review your registration application and coordinate a date for your site assessment. The Master Gardeners will then visit your landscape and assess the site, making note of problem areas, site conditions, and they will conduct a basic inventory of your current landscape. This visit will last approximately one to one and one-half hours. Soil sampling will not be included with the visit, but you will be provided with a soil sampling kit that you can submit on your own. After the first visit, the Master Gardeners will prepare a reference binder customized for your landscape, which will include a map of your property with current plantings and site conditions noted, fact sheets on current plantings, general gardening information for our area, and more. The Master Gardeners will return after a several weeks for a second visit, and will go over the customized reference binder with you. This second visit will last approximately one-half hour to one hour.

Site visits are conducted from the beginning of April through the end of September each year. We cannot guarantee the exact time or date when your visit will take place, only that it will be completed by end of September.

Native Plant Landscaping Resources

For specific lawn and garden questions, please feel free to contact our Master Gardener Help Desk at 804.751.4401 or visit our lawn and garden links page.