European Chafer

An insect pest of turfgrass, European chafer beetle grubs voraciously feed on turfgrass roots and cause thinning, wilting, and irregular dead patches. This fact sheet details the life cycle and recommendations for control.

Fairy Rings

Fairy rings are circular areas of abnormal turf growth most commonly found on lawns and golf courses where soils have high levels of organic matter. Learn what to do if fairy rings appear in your lawn in this concise factsheet.

May/June Beetles

May/June beetles or “Junebugs” are native insects common throughout Wisconsin often be seen near lights on early summer evenings. Learn about these large beetles and their larva 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 […]

Field Ants

Field ants are common in Wisconsin, and noted for producing large mounds that ruin home lawns and interfere with landscape plantings. This factsheet discusses identification and control.

Microdochium Patch

This factsheet covers microdochium patch, aka pink snow mold, which is a fungal disease affecting cool season grasses, including bluegrass, bentgrass, perennial ryegrass and fine and tall fescues.

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

Areas of discolored turfgrass,from pale green to yellow to burnt orange, often under shade trees, may be caused by feeding of greenbug, a type of aphid. Learn about greenbug here.

Turfgrass Disorder: Chinch Bug

Chinch bug infestations can cause serious injury to lawns, especially those with fescue or bentgrass. Find more information about symptoms, prevention and control in this helpful publication.

Helminthosporium Turf Diseases

Helminthosporium disease affects cool season turfgrasses and can severely reduce the appearance of a lawn and lead to expensive lawn renovations. Learn more in this factsheet.

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