Lawn Establishment & Renovation

John C. Stier Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  A3434 Tips for establishing your turf to give your new lawn the best chance for success. Click here to view this publication Download Article

Lawn Maintenance

John C. Stier Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  A3435 Fertilizing, watering, and mowing all help you maintain a healthy lawn. This fact sheet covers these, plus how to deal with lawn problems such as diseases, weeds, soil compaction and renovation of old lawns. Download Article

Organic Lawn Fertilization

Increased interest in organic, sustainable gardening, has grown to include a variety of lawn care practices, including use of organic fertilizers derived from natural sources such as plant or animal wastes. As use of organic fertilizers becomes more widespread, understanding ways in which they differ from conventional, inorganic fertilizers is important.

Home Turf Insecticides

Karen Delahaut, UW-Madison Fresh Market Vegetable Program Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  XHT1095 Recently, several commonly-used insecticides for the control of insects in home lawns have been taken off the market.  As a result, it’s becoming ever more challenging for home gardeners to find suitable insecticide products at garden centers, discount stores, and hardware stores.  This […]

Reducing Soil pH

Sherry Combs, formerly of the UW-Madison Soil and Plant Analysis Lab Revised:  10/27/2007 Item number:  XHT1151 Is your soil pH too high?  Probably not, although the popular press urges most gardeners to question whether their garden soil pH is ‘right’.  Only a soil test for pH can indicate whether the pH is ‘right’, and ‘right […]

Lawn Aeration and Topdressing

John C. Stier Revised:  5/10/2010 Item number:  A3710 Lawns may deteriorate over time due to excess thatch, soil compaction, or a combination of the two. Aeration helps to manage thatch buildup and reduce problems arising from soil compaction. Proper aeration can help build a thicker, healthier turf with superior resistance to weeds, diseases, and insect […]

Growing Grass in Shade

To grow grass in the shade, you’ll need to use different management practices from those you use for growing turf in the the full sun. This publication outlines recommended management strategies and suggests alternative for areas where grass just won’t grow.

Lawn Fertilization

W.R. Kussow, S.M. Combs, A.J. Sausen, D.J. Soldat Revised:  5/24/2011 Item number:  A2303 A well-maintained lawn is an important asset for the homeowner, the community, and the environment, and fertilization is a vital element of a lawn management program. Download Article

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