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 […]

The Basics of Micro Irrigation

Micro irrigation has numerous advantages over sprinkler irrigation and can be used in greenhouses, orchards, vineyards, fields, lawns, and gardens. Learn about the components that comprise a micro irrigation system along with the benefits (reduced water usage, reduced potential for foliar diseases, reduced energy costs, etc.) and drawbacks these lower pressure systems provide.

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 […]

Conservation of Native and Domestic Pollinators in Managed Turfgrass Landscapes

Bees and other pollinators provide invaluable ecological and economic services, which is one reason the alarming decline in pollinating insects is of great concern. Through two simple practices, homeowners and professional landscape managers alike can maintain aesthetically pleasing turfgrass landscapes in environmentally responsible ways. Learn the current best practices for improving pollinator habitats and using insecticides correctly in this handy fact sheet.

Organic and Reduced-Risk Lawn Care

More and more people wish to move in the direction of creating an organic lawn, or what some people call a natural lawn. This publication helps them decide which route to follow: organic lawn care or reduced-risk lawn care.

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