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Lawncare University is a collection lawn renovation, maintenance, and lawn care videos from the experts at Michigan State University.
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.
Learn key identification characteristics of common and not-so-common turfgrass weeds found in Michigan and the midwest.
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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.
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.
Mention ground ivy or creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) to lawn care professionals or homeowners, and you'll likely make them wince, scream, or both.