Choosing certified sod is the only way you can be certain that the variety you receive is exactly what you paid for. All sod is required to have a tan state “Department of Agriculture” tag, which means only that the sod is free of fire ants. However, this tan tag does not qualify the sod […]
Recently, USA Today online published an update on the golf course slated to host golf’s return to the 2016 Olympics after a 112-year absence. On October 6, members of the international media visited the site in Rio de Janeiro and were “surprised by how healthy, ready and green the course looked.” Designed by Gil Hanse […]
Once late-fall/winter weather arrives, you lawn will mostly rest until spring returns. Mowing, fertilizing and aerification are no longer needed, except perhaps for cool-season lawns that are still growing. However, weed control and periodic irrigation may be required. Follow the tips below to help keep your lawn healthy as the temperatures continue to drop.
Most people have heard of pH, which refers to whether something is acidic or alkaline. But did you know that your soil’s pH level can dramatically affect the health (and, consequently, the look) of your lawn?
For a basic understanding, pH is an abbreviation of the “power of hydrogen” — the “p” is short for potenz (the […]
Many homeowners believe that the best time to fertilize lawns is in spring — when their warm-season grass begins to green up or when their cool-season grass starts actively growing again — and then throughout summer. And, that’s true — for warm-season grasses. However, the best time to fertilize a cool-season lawn, such as fescue […]
Last month, the MSN Sports website posted an article — and a rather alarming photo — of the melted underside of a shoe worn in practice by a high school football player in Texas. The team plays on synthetic turf, which can get much hotter than natural grass.
To read the article and see the photo, […]
As lawns begin to come out of the stresses of summer heat and humidity, now’s the time to give them a bit of extra attention to prepare them for winter. Follow the tips below, and watch for a special blog post on fertilizing lawns in fall, to be posted within the next few days.
Although some property owners choose not to fertilize or irrigate their managed turfgrass, almost all must mow at least now and then, if only to deter pests such as snakes and rats. Mowing is actually the most basic cultural practice for keeping turfgrass healthy. Mowing makes warm-season grasses such as bermudagrass and zoysiagrass (those that […]
Photo courtesy of David Shetlar, Ph.D., Ohio State University.
The larval (caterpillar) stage of the fall armyworm moth can cause serious damage to lawns. In summer, the moths lay clusters of eggs in cotton-like, greenish-white masses on structures (houses, mailboxes, fences, signs, etc.), shrubs and trees, and the newly hatched larvae drop down to the ground […]
A common turfgrass pest throughout our region, white grubs are the larvae of scarab beetles, most commonly those of Japanese beetles, green June beetles, May and June beetles, oriental beetles and southern and northern masked chafers. These grubs feed on the roots of the grass, which reduces its ability to use water and nutrients. Consequently, […]