The Garden Shed

A Community Newsletter published by the
Piedmont Master Gardeners

March 2021-Vol.7, No.3



Are you interested in improving the lawn on your property? Would you like to learn more about how to grow and care for the grass around your home? Want helpful resources related to turf and landscaping?  If so, the Healthy Virginia Lawns Program is for you!      

→→      You can submit an application for a site visit from Piedmont Master Gardener (PMG) volunteers, who work under the guidance of Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech. Volunteers will visit your property, take soil samples, measure your lawn areas, and provide practical suggestions. The soil testing lab at Virginia Tech will analyze your soil samples, and PMG will prepare a customized Nutrient Management Plan for the care of your lawn. The goal of the HVL program is to answer your lawn and landscape questions and provide you with science-based information to help improve the health of your lawn. To schedule a site visit, please complete the application offered on our website and return it to the PMG office (electronic delivery preferred). 

For comments, questions or suggested topics for future Garden Shed articles contact us at: and add us to your address book.

If you have specific gardening questions or need help to solve a gardening problem, our Horticultural Help Desk is a free community resource and can be contacted at 434-872-4583 or by email:



Who We Are

We are members of the Piedmont Master Gardeners, which simply means we have all been trained to share the scientific expertise of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. More important, we are your friends and neighbors with a passion for gardening – and learning more about it. MORE

Table of Contents

Guidelines for Dividing Perennials

Learning how to divide herbaceous perennials is an easy and useful skill for the home gardener to master.

A Year of New-Home Landscaping and What I’ve Learned

Use plant characteristics and the concept of "productive natives" to transform your home landscape into a low-maintenance, vibrant ecosystem.

Upcoming Events

Lots to learn online as we head into the spring season! Learn about vegetable gardening, native plants, tree care, monarchs and milkweed, and more.

How to Grow, Harvest, and Preserve Culinary Herbs

Growing and preserving your own herbs is an easy, economical way to enjoy their fresh flavors and aromas throughout the year.

March in the Edible Garden

March is especially welcome this year as we begin the outdoor edible gardening season.

March Tips for the Ornamental Gardener

Lots to do in March! Prune, weed, divide perennials, inspect, direct seed, fertilize, welcome spring, and enjoy the blooms!