Skip to main content

Logo for N.C. Cooperative Extension N.C. Cooperative Extension Homepage

Extension Gardener Workshop – Sustainable Lawn Care

Sustainable Lawns and Lawn Alternatives

Lawns have become a ubiquitous feature of residential and commercial landscapes. Compared to natural vegetation, or landscapes that incorporate a diversity of native plant species, monocultures of turf have lower levels of biodiversity.

However, lawns and turf are appropriate for wear-tolerant outdoor surfaces for recreation, when lines-of-sight are needed, or for accessing other parts of properties. With the right practices, lawns can be can be incorporated as part of a sustainable home landscape.

Join Matt Jones (Extension Horticulture Agent) and the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Chatham County for a presentation on sustainable lawn care. Participants will learn ways to minimize lawns to only areas where they are used, how to select appropriate species and evaluate site conditions, how to manage soil fertility based on soil tests and adding compost, and how to incorporate organic methods and other practices to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides.

Two identical sessions of this workshop are available to accommodate your schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 10 a.m.–noon REGISTER
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30–8:30 p.m. REGISTER

The workshop costs $6 per person. Registration and fee payment is required by Apr. 1, 2019. Select a date and click on the REGISTER link above.

Both workshops will be held at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center (1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro).

This workshop is part of the Extension Gardener series of workshops that are open to everyone. It is also part of the Extension Master Gardener℠ Initial Training program. Learn more about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Chatham County.

QUESTIONS? Contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center by calling 919-542-8202 or email

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by March 14, 2019, to Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919-542-8202 or email:

Written By

Matt Jones, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMatt JonesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Ornamental and Consumer Horticulture Call Matt Email Matt N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Page Last Updated: 2 years ago
Was the information on this page helpful? Yes check No close