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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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