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 homeowners in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville with science-based information on establishment and maintenance of lawns to reduce unnecessary chemical use that can harm our local waters and the Chesapeake Bay.

The HVL program focuses on residential lawn areas of 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 can be no larger than one-and-a-half football fields. The video below provides an overview of the HVL program and what you can expect when trained Extension Master Gardener volunteers visit your property.

Please note: The Healthy Virginia Lawns program accepts applications from April 1 through October 1. 

Download and complete our brochure application to schedule a visit. Brochure applications can also be picked up at the Virginia Cooperative Extension office at 460 Stagecoach Road. You may drop off your application at the office or mail it to:

Healthy Virginia Lawns
Virginia Cooperative Extension – Albemarle Office
5th Street Albemarle County Office Building, 2nd floor
460 Stagecoach Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22902

For additional information, please email