The Healthy Virginia Lawns (HVL) program is a joint venture between Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VDCR). Through this program, Extension Master Gardeners provide science-based information to homeowners in Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville on establishment and maintenance of lawns to reduce unnecessary chemical use that can harm the Chesapeake Bay.

The focus of the HVL program is to target residential lawn areas up to 1.5 acres. Your entire parcel of land (including the house and gardens) might be larger, but the actual lawn area you want to improve has be the size of one-and-a-half football fields or less.

Watch the video below for an overview of the HVL program and to learn what you can expect when trained Extension Master Gardener volunteers visits your property. Download and complete our brochure application to schedule a visit. Brochure applications can also be picked up at our VCE office off Stagecoach Road in the 5th Street Albemarle County Office Building. The office is currently open to the public, but masks are required indoors. You can drop off your application at our physical office or mail it to us at 460 Stagecoach Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22902.

For additional information, please email one of our project coordinators, Melissa King or Khosro Aminpour, at

Please note: The Healthy Virginia Lawns program accepts applications from February 1 though October 1. Applications submitted after October 1 should be resubmitted after February 1 the following year.