Typhula Blight

Typhula blight, also known as gray or speckled snow mold, is a fungal disease affecting all cool season turf grasses grown in areas with prolonged snow cover. These grasses are widely used in residential lawns and golf courses in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the Midwest. This factsheet describes how to manage this common fungus.

The Basics of Micro Irrigation

Micro irrigation has numerous advantages over sprinkler irrigation and can be used in greenhouses, orchards, vineyards, fields, lawns, and gardens. Learn about the components that comprise a micro irrigation system along with the benefits (reduced water usage, reduced potential for foliar diseases, reduced energy costs, etc.) and drawbacks these lower pressure systems provide.

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.

Maintaining Lawn and Garden Tools

When it comes to digging in the garden or pruning trees and shrubs, having high quality tools that are cleaned, lubricated, sharpened and otherwise properly maintained, makes any outdoor job simpler and more efficient. Learn how to maintain your garden tools in this useful factsheet.

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.

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

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

Sampling Garden Soils and Turf Areas for Testing

John Peters, Doug Soldat Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  A2166 Save money and protect the environment by having your soil tested before applying lime and fertilizer. This concise publication tells you when and how to sample and where to send it for testing (2 pages; 2008).   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

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 […]

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