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Home Lawn Grub Control Products 2014

Terry Davis and Dr. David Smitley provide their annual update on grub control products.

LawnCare University

Lawncare University is a collection lawn renovation, maintenance, and lawn care videos from the experts at Michigan State University.

Go Green Lawncare Tip Sheet

Management practices that produce healthy lawns while protecting lakes and streams.

Fertilizing Home Lawns to Protect Water Quality

The first step in developing a fertilizer program for your lawn is to identify the objectives for the lawn area on your property.

Maintaining Waterfront Turf to Preserve Water Quality

Lawns adjacent to lakes, ponds, rivers or other surface water bodies should be regarded as sensitive areas. Though these lawn areas can benefit the water by filtering runoff water and protecting against soil erosion, it is important to understand the potential for turf maintenance activities to affect water quality.

Lawn Care without Pesticides

Frank Rossi at Cornell University has published a great resource for homeowners looking to maintain their lawns without pesticides. This bulletin includes topics like establishing realistic expectations, understanding how grass grows and best management practices for maintaining a healthy turf.

Crabgrass Control in Home Lawns

Crabgrass is one of the most prevalent grassy weeds found in Michigan lawns. Crabgrass thrives in full sunlight and high temperatures and can easily out compete common cool-season grasses under these conditions.

Ground Ivy Control for Home Lawns

Mention ground ivy or creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) to lawn care professionals or homeowners, and you'll likely make them wince, scream, or both.

Mowing Lawn Turf

Mowing is the most basic practice for maintaining lawn turf. Mowing performed at the correct height and frequency is essential to the health and density of the stand.

Weed ID: Turf Weeds

Learn key identification characteristics of common and not-so-common turfgrass weeds found in Michigan and the midwest.

Disease ID: Turf Diseases

The MSU Department of Plant Pathology has developed a great web site for identification of turf diseases as well as detailed information and photos of 22 turf diseases.

Japanese Beetle

Japanese beetle larvae can cause serious damage to golf course fairways and occasionally to home lawns. It normally is not a problem of non-irrigated turf.

European Chafer

The European chafer may be the most serious grub pest of home lawns and low-maintenance turf.

Sod Webworm

Sod webworms, the caterpillar of lawn moths, are a pest of bluegrass lawns in Michigan. Several closely related webworm species have similar life cycles and damage symptoms. The biology and management of bluegrass webworm Parapediasia teterrellas (Zincken), is discussed as a representative of the group.

Managing Yard Waste to Preserve Water Quality

For those who would like to handle yard waste on their own property, the techniques listed in this bulletin can transform grass clippings and tree leaves into resources for lawns and gardens.

Purchasing Quality Turfgrass Seed: Read the Label

Purchasing quality turfgrass seed for reestablishing lawns or establishing new lawns is critical to the future success of the lawn. Several key words often seen on bags of lawn seed are common indicators of what turfgrass species the bag contains.

Flooding of Turf

Several factors determine turf survival under water: turfgrass species, submersion duration, submersion depth, water temperature and light intensity.

Kentucky Bluegrass Cultivars for Michigan

Kentucky bluegrass is the most widely used turfgrass in Michigan. It is used in home lawns, institutional grounds, parks and athletic fields. The species is persistent and attractive and has a medium to fine leaf texture and medium to dark green color when properly fertilized.

GDDTracker 4.0

The MSU GDDTracker network monitors weather data from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. The database updates each evening with the previous days data and a new five day forecast. GDDTracker includes tools for weed emergence, insect activiy, and application timing for annual bluegrass seedhead suppression.

Insect ID: Turf Insects

The MSU Department of Entomology has developed a great web site for identification of turf insects as well as detailed information and photos of 14 turf insects.

Additional resources you may find helpful

I've Got Moles

Seems like every lawn is being overrun with these pesky diggers.

Irrigation Practices to Preserve Water Quality

Watering the lawn is a necessary activity for many homeowners who desire a high quality turf.

Cultivation of Lawns

Soil compaction, soil layering and excessive thatch buildup are common problems on home lawns in Michigan. Cultivation (also called aerification) is the process of physically modifying the soil by removing plugs from the soil profile.

Integrated Pest Management for Home Lawns

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a system of managing pests by using a variety of control methods. For turfgrass management, the system is designed to optimize conditions for healthy plant growth because a healthy and vigorously growing lawn can tolerate a higher degree of pest pressure.

Bluegrass Billbug

The bluedgrass billbug, Sphenophorus parvulus, is a weevil that occasionally causes extensive damage to home lawns in Michigan. These beetles are named because of their long snout or "bill" which ends in a set of small mandibles or jaws. Billbugs in the lawn are generally not detected until the first signs of damage appear in July.

MSU Water Page

The non-ag irrigation committee recently completed a document outlining best management practices for non-agricultural irrigation. The BMP document is available for download. Several external irrigation resources are also available here.

MSU Turfgrass Research Reports

Turfgrass Research Reports for 2006-2009. Reports on previous year's project for MSU Turf Team members.