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

Supina Bluegrass for Lawns, Golf Courses and Athletic Fields

John C. Stier Revised:  5/11/2010 Item number:  A3759 This new grass is rapidly gaining popularity for its ability to thrive in dense shade and high-traffic areas. Click here to find out where supina bluegrass should and should not be planted and how to care for it. 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 […]

Wisconsin Lawn Care Calendar

The following lawn care calendar provides an overview of home lawn maintenance. Not all lawns require every maintenance activity. Be sure to customize the care of your lawn to its specific problems and needs.

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 […]

Northern Masked Chafer

Author(s) R. Chris Williamson A serious insect pest of turfgrass, the northern masked chafer is a beetle species that has been reported in two southern Wisconsin counties (Rock and Walworth). Northern masked chafer grubs voraciously feed on turfgrass roots and cause thinning, wilting, and irregular patches of turf that can easily be pulled back or […]

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