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Warm, dry weather causes heat tracking in lawns

Heat Tracking Damage

Warm, dry weather causes heat tracking in lawns Mowers and other repetitive movement can leave tracks on lawns during hot, dry weather. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences – June 26, 2020 Heat tracking damage from a mower. The recent combination of temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s […]

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Seedheads in lawns are a natural process that can’t be avoided, but keeping your mower blade sharp and applying fertilizer will keep the lawn healthy and looking good. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences - The cool season turfgrasses growing in Michigan have been in full-blown seedhead production mode in the last week. The common lawn grasses, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and tall fescue all produce seedheads as do some grassy weeds like annual bluegrass (Poa annua). Seedhead production requires energy from the plant, so it is likely the turf will not only look stemmy due to the seed stalks, but the turfgrass may even thin out.

When grass produces seedheads

Seedheads in lawns are a natural process that can’t be avoided, but keeping your mower blade sharp and applying fertilizer will keep the lawn healthy and looking good. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences – The cool season turfgrasses growing in Michigan have been in full-blown seedhead production […]

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freezer damage

What are those dead grass tips in my lawn?

Some turfgrass was injured as a result of freezing temperatures last week, but the injury is only temporary. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences – May 15, 2020 Photo 1. Left, freeze injury mimics fertilizer burn or a dull mower blade. Right, freeze injury results in leaf tips […]

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Preemergence herbicide applications continue and broadleaf weeds are flowering in lawns

Cool temperatures help in extending the time crabgrass preemergence applications can be effective and numerous broadleaf weeds are starting to flower in turf. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences – May 1, 2020 Professional lawn care companies and at home do-it-yourselfers are both still applying crabgrass preemergence herbicides. […]

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Cold Temperatures Extend Application Timing for Crabgrass Preemergence Herbicides

Cold soil temperatures should extend timing for crabgrass preemergence herbicide applications. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences – April 16, 2020 The cold temperatures and even snow showers in many parts of Michigan this last week have really slowed down turfgrass growth and provided additional time for making […]

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Sod webworm

Sod webworm: Tips for your lawn

Sod webworms, the caterpillar stage of lawn moths, are a pest of bluegrass lawns in Michigan. Several closely related webworm species have similar lifecycles and damage symptoms. The biology and management of bluegrass webworm, Parapediasia teterrellas (Zincken), will be discussed as a representative of the group. [click the file link below to read the full […]

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aerification

Tips for Seeding Lawns in September

September is the ideal time for seeding turfgrass in Michigan. September 12, 2019 – Author: Kevin Frank, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Thin lawns can benefit from inter-seeding. Photo by Kevin Frank, MSU. Reduced weed competition from summer annuals such as crabgrass, cooler temperatures and shorter day length that […]

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Crabgrass

Crabgrass Control During a Hot Summer

Crabgrass has been enjoying the high temperatures in Michigan by invading turfgrass areas. July 8, 2019 – Author: Kevin Frank, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Updated from an original article written by Aaron Hathaway and Kevin Frank. Crabgrass emerging in drought-stressed turf. Photo by Kevin Frank, MSU. The cool, […]

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Pesky broadleaf weeds flowering in turf

White clover, black medic and oxalis are all flowering in lawns and other turf now. June 27, 2019 – Author: Kevin Frank, Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences  The trifecta of common trifoliate broadleaf weeds Black medic (Medicago lupulina), white clover (Trifolium repens) and yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta) are all currently […]

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Pinkish-red Strands in Grass Could be Red Thread

Red Thread Fungus June 26, 2019 – Author: Kevin Frank, and Joe Vargas, Jr., Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences The frequent rains this year have not only resulted in mowing challenges, but have also resulted in some turf areas in need of nutrition. Not surprisingly, Michigan State University Extension […]

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