Home Grounds



Home Grounds is a statewide 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Home Grounds.

Home Grounds 1
What you can do in this project: learn about seeding a lawn; study proper lawn care and maintenance; explore fertilization and pest management techniques.
Grades: 3-5
Resource: 4H321, 4-H Lawn Care

Home Grounds 2
What you can do in this project: learn the importance of planting new trees and shrubs; explore variety selection and appropriate placement; learn basic maintenance: pruning and fertilization.
Grades: 6-8
Resources: A3067, Selecting, Planting & Caring for Shade Trees
A1730, Evergreens – Planting & Care

Home Grounds 3
What you can do in this project: explore landscape planning; make a plan and put it on paper; select, place and plant trees and shrubs; maintain your home grounds.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: G1923, Planning & Designing Your Home Landscape


Want to learn more about Home Grounds? Try the links below.

Home Grounds Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including home grounds. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

State 4-H Plant Science Day
Youth in grades 3-13 test their knowledge about plants while learning how to judge and identify a wide variety of plant specimens. You can also compete in photography and speaking contests.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun activities.

  • PDF file From The Ground Up (2 pages, 48 KB) Youth observe how plants respond to gravity and sunlight.
  • PDF file Skin Deep (2 pages, 43 KB) Youth explore how to protect their skin while applying pesticides.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Home Grounds Projects. Just follow these links!

Florida 4-H Horticultural Identification and Judging Study Manual
Tips on how to correctly identify and judge ornamentals.

Garden Gate
Whether you call them houseplants, indoor plants, tropicals or greenhouse plants, you can learn how to grow each properly by visiting this site.

National Junior Horticultural Association
Promotes educational programs for youth through projects and activities that foster a better understanding of horticulture.

New Jersey Weed Gallery
Gallery of photos and descriptions of the most common weeds, including each weed’s common and Latin names.

Purdue University
Site on consumer horticulture from Purdue University.

Tree Fact Sheets
Features 680 Tree Fact Sheets in Adobe PDF Format.

University of Illinois Horticulture Fact Sheets
Short publications written by faculty and staff of the University of Illinois Extension and University of Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

University of Wisconsin Urban Horticulture
This website is the most complete source of horticulture information for Wisconsin on the Internet.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Turf and Grounds Management
Guide to links for several home grounds-related sites.

Wisconsin 4-H Plants Identification Page
Close-up photos to help you identify many plants, including woody ornamentals . . . from arborvitae to yews.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Master Gardener Program
Have a question, looking for the perfect gardening book, or want to check out some gardening in cyberspace? This website has tons of links for more information in Wisconsin.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Home Grounds Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on landscaping, lawn care, trees and shrubs.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Chuck Prissel