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Information most relevant for Spring

Home Lawn Grub Control Products 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

MSU Athletic Field Systems Performance Study

This report summarizes the 3 year study evaluating 15 natural sports turf sytems on the market. Researchers subjected each field sytem to simulated American football traffic over multiple seasons. Turf cover and surface playability characteristics were determined throughout the season. Soil infiltration rates were measured at the conclusion of each season.

Built-Up Sand-Capped Athletic Field System

The built-up sand-capped athletic field system is a cost effective renovation process for failing native soil athletic fields. Research designed to address the feasibility of this renovation process has determined that a drain tile spacing of 13 feet apart, combined with a 1 inch sand topdressing layer, can substantially improve athletic field drainage and surface stability, and as much as ½ inch of topdressing sand, applied over a 5-week period, will improve turfgrass stability and wear tolerance. Other highlights include a general overview of the built-up sand-capped athletic field system, a renovation timeline and cost-benefit analysis.

Athletic Field Maintenance Bulletin

Optimizing Cultural Practices to Improve Athletic Field Performance

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.

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.

Buckeye Sports Turf Page

The Buckeye Sports Turf Program was developed to keep sports field managers abreast of current topics important in the management of cool season athletic fields.

Michigan Sports Managers Association (MiSTMA)

For information on the Chapter or pending events, contact MiSTMA Headquarters at (517) 712-3407, or email Amy Fouty, Michigan State University, at fouty@msu.edu, or go to www.mistma.org to visit the chapter's web site.

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.