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.

Fairy Rings

Fairy rings are circular areas of abnormal turf growth that are most commonly found on lawns and golf courses where soils have high levels of organic matter, and in areas where trees have recently been removed. Due to their mysterious, circular appearance, medieval lore described them as caused when a band of fairies had danced in an area. Learn what to do if fairy rings appear in your lawn in this concise factsheet.

Japanese Beetle

The Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, is a significant pest of landscape trees and shrubs, vegetable and fruit crops, and turfgrass in the eastern United States. This factsheet describes the lifecycle of this destructive beetle along with management and control options.

Stinkhorns

Stinkhorns are mushrooms that are found from the tropics to more temperate regions such as Wisconsin. They can suddenly appear in mulch, lawns, and areas with bare soil. These visually-shocking fungi get their common name from their characteristic, unpleasant odor. Stinkhorns do not cause plant disease, and can actually be beneficial, as described in this factsheet.

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.

May/June Beetles

May/June beetles or “Junebugs” (Phyllophaga spp.) are beetles in the family Scarabaeidae. These native insects are common throughout Wisconsin and can often be seen flying near lights or heard hitting window screens on early summer evenings. Learn more about these large beetles and their larva, found in the soil, in this factsheet.

Mole Ecology and Damage Management

Author(s): Scott Craven, David Drake In this, the third publication in the “Living With Wildlife in Wisconsin” series, the authors describe the curious habits and underground way of life of Wisconsin’s two kinds of moles. They discuss how to limit the damage these velvety animals may cause, either by cutting off their food supply (which […]

Field Ants

Phil Pellitteri Revised:  1/25/2011 Item number:  XHT1204 One of the most common ants in Wisconsin is the field ant (Formica spp.).  This ant is noted for producing large mounds that can ruin the aesthetics of home lawns, make lawn mowing difficult, and interfere with the growth of herbaceous and woody ornamentals. Appearance:  Field ants are […]

Microdochium Patch

Sarah Rosenthal*, UW-Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics and Geunhwa Jung, formerly of UW-Plant Pathology Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  XHT1145 What is Microdochium patch?  Microdochium patch, also known as pink snow mold, is a fungal disease affecting cool season grasses such as annual, Kentucky, and rough bluegrass; colonial, velvet, and creeping bentgrass; perennial ryegrass; and fine […]

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 […]

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