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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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


Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology, UW-Extension Revised:  1/8/2012 Item number:  XHT1002 What is chlorosis?  Chlorosis is a common nutritional disorder of many woody ornamentals in Wisconsin, particularly in the southern and eastern parts of the state.  Pin oaks are most commonly affected by chlorosis, although many other trees and shrubs (e.g., white oak, red maple, […]

Home Landscape Insecticides

Karen Delahaut, UW-Madison Fresh Market Vegetable Program Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  XHT1096 Recently, several commonly-used insecticides for the control of insects on woody landscape plants 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.  […]

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 […]

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