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 […]

European Chafer

A serious insect pest of turfgrass, the European chafer beetle was first reported in Door County, Wisconsin in 2016. European chafer grubs voraciously feed on turfgrass roots and cause thinning, wilting, and irregular patches of turf that can easily be pulled back or rolled up from the soil. This fact sheet details the life cycle of the European chafer and offers insecticide recommendations for grub control.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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

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 […]

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