Identifying grasses in Wisconsin

R.C. Newman Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  A1827 Click here to view this 12-page publication that help you identify the 30 most common grass species in Wisconsin turf.   Download Article

Turfgrass Disorder: Greenbug

Revised:  5/11/2010 Areas of discolored turf, ranging from pale green to yellow to burnt orange, often occur under shade trees and may be caused by greenbug feeding. A small sucking insect, greenbug (Schizaphis graminum) is a type of aphid. Since the 1880s it has been recognized as a pest of various grassy plants and has […]

Turfgrass Disorder: Chinch Bug

R.C. Williamson, D.L. Mahr, R. Kachadoorian Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  A3237 Chinch bug (Blissus leucopterus) is an important insect pest of turfgrass in Wisconsin: every year infestations cause serious injury to some lawns. Fescues and bentgrasses are most commonly damaged, with certain cultivars more susceptible than others. The chinch bug is also a pest on […]

Turf Diseases of the Great Lakes Region

S.W. Abler, G. Jung Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  A3187 Want to know what’s ailing your lawn, park, or golf course turf and how to cure it? Turn to Turf Diseases of the Great Lakes Region. Click here to view this 32-page publication which is packed with crisp color close-ups and detailed descriptions to help you […]

Managing Turfgrass Pests in Wisconsin

Chris Williamson, John Stier, Jeff Gregos, Roger Flashinski Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  A3714 Turfgrasses cover more than 30 million acres in the United States. The majority of this acreage is comprised of over 50 million lawns, the remainder is divided among golf courses, athletic fields, sod farms, cemeteries, and other related sites. In its many […]

Helminthosporium Turf Diseases

Hye Sook Kim* and Brian Hudelson, UW-Plant Pathology; Geunhwa Jung, University of Massachusetts Amherst-Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  XHT1150 What are Helminthosporium turf diseases?  Helminthosporium diseases of turf are a group of common, cool season turfgrass diseases (including Helminthosporium leaf spot and melting out) that occur throughout North America.  In residential […]

Moss in Lawn

John Stier, UW-Madison Horticulture Revised:  4/30/2010 Item number:  XHT1114 What is moss? Mosses are primitive plants. They have small leaves that help make food from sunlight and carbon dioxide (i.e., they photosynthesize), and root-like structures called rhizoids that anchor the plant. Over 1000 species of moss are currently recognized. Where can mosses grow? Most mosses […]

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) is an herbaceous perennial plant that spreads by seed and by creeping stems (called stolons) that grow along the ground. With this factsheet, learn how to identify and control this common lawn and garden weed.

Earthworms in Lawn

R. Chris Williamson, Turf and Ornamental Specialist Revised:  4/26/2010 Earthworms belong to the Phylum Annelida; Class Oligochaeta; Family Lumbricidae which consists of over 7000 species. Their bodies are long and tube-like, tapering on both ends and typically ranging in length from one to six inches. Earthworms are found in a wide range of habitats adapting […]

White Grub Control in Turfgrass

Authors: PJ Liesch and Vijai Pandian, UW-Madison Extension Last Revised: 11/19/2020 X-number: XHT1018 Several species of white grubs are considered turfgrass pests in the Midwest.  These grubs are the larval stages of scarab beetles such as Japanese beetles (see University of Wisconsin Garden Facts XHT1062, Japanese Beetle), May/June beetles (see University of Wisconsin Garden Facts XHT1240, May/June Beetles), European chafers […]

Red Thread

Benjamin Van Ryzin, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  6/23/2013 Item number:  XHT1233 What is red thread?  Red thread is a foliar disease of cool-season turfgrasses.  Grass species affected by this disease include fine fescues (the species most commonly affected), tall fescue, perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass.  These grasses are commonly used for home lawns, golf course […]

Conservation of Native and Domestic Pollinators in Managed Turfgrass Landscapes

Bees and other pollinators provide invaluable ecological and economic services, which is one reason the alarming decline in pollinating insects is of great concern. Through two simple practices, homeowners and professional landscape managers alike can maintain aesthetically pleasing turfgrass landscapes in environmentally responsible ways. Learn the current best practices for improving pollinator habitats and using insecticides correctly in this handy fact sheet.

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