Zac Reicher

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ID and Control of Annual Bluegrass and Rough Bluegrass in Lawns (AY-41-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Controlling annual bluegrass (Poa annua) and rough bluegrass (Poa trivialis) in lawns is difficult, and relies on both cultural and chemical control. This publication describes these weeds and offers management strategies.

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Identification and Control of Perennial Grassy Weeds (AY-11-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication describes how to identify and control the two main categories of perennial grassy weeds: bunch-type and spreading grasses.

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Control of Crabgrass in Homelawns (AY-10-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication provides a series of suggestions for the non-herbicidal and herbicidal control of crabgrasses and several other annual grasses including foxtail, goose grass, and barnyard grass.

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Control of Broadleaf Weeds in Homelawns (AY-9-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication suggests herbicides and application schedules for controlling broadleaf weeds in the lawn and describes summer lawn care management practices for controlling broadleaf weeds.

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Animal Urine Damage in Turf (AY-327-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Animal urine can aggravate anyone attempting to maintain a uniformly green, aesthetically pleasing lawn. For homeowners, pets (particularly dogs) are the most frequent cause of patches of darker green and/or brown turf, that are often concentrated in a particular part of the lawn. This publication describes symptoms of animal urine damage in turf and provides some management solutions.

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Maintaining Lawns on Sandy Soils (AGRY-98-03)

Purdue Extension Publication

Species Selection Maintaining an attractive lawn on sandy soils depends largely on the turfgrass species selected. Species that have improved drought tolerance include tall fescue and some cultivars of Kentucky bluegrass. Fine leaf fescues include red, sheep, hard, and chewing fescues and these grasses perform well under droughty conditions, especially in partial shade. However, these […]

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7 Simple Steps to a Better Homelawn (AY-32-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Maintaining the most attractive homelawn in the neighborhood takes time and effort. However, if your goal is a good-looking, healthy lawn with a minimal amount of effort, it can be accomplished using some simple steps. The following is a brief description of those steps in order of importance, with emphasis on minimizing the amount of time and input dedicated to your lawn. test

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Maintenance Calendar for Indiana Lawns (AY-27-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

The “Maintenance Calendar” provides seasonal lawn tips for cool season grasses. Three maintenance levels are established depending on the amount of money and time you are willing to invest. The calendar provides practices and notes on what you should do each month to ensure a healthy lawn.

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Should I Hire a Professional Lawn Care Service? (AY-26-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication addresses the advantages of hiring a professional lawn care service. It also discusses what to look for in a lawn care service and what you can do to help the lawn care service make your yard look better.

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Soil Testing for Lawns (AY-18-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication is intended to aid in interpreting soil test results and to provide guidelines on improving soil nutrient status for general turf, commercial and athletic turf, and to home lawn owners.

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Improving Lawns in the Shade (AY-14-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Information in this publication provides a series of suggestions on fertilization, pest control, and general maintenance for improving the health of turfgrasses growing in shaded areas.

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Lawn Improvement Programs (AY-13-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication provides suggestions on sodding and restarting a new lawn. In addition, it gives ideas for maintaining the lawn, a turf care sequence and sample sod specifications.

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Mowing, Thatching, Aerifying, and Rolling Turf (AY-8-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

A publication that gives suggestions for maintaining turf by effective mowing, thatching and aerifying.

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Irrigation Practices for Homelawns (AY-7-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication discusses several irrigation practices for homelawns such as frequency of watering, time of day to water, and rate of application.

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Don’t Bag It (AY-2-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

How can you handle grass clippings when the city is not going to collect them any more? AY-2 offers tips on how to leave grass clippings on the lawn while maintaining a healthy yard.

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Building a Backyard Putting Green (AGRY-98-01)

Purdue Extension Publication

Location Full sun – The green should be located in full sun for optimum turf growth and performance. Air movement – Locate the green so the wind (air flow) is not blocked by trees or buildings. Do not locate the green in a depression or low area. Construction Surface drainage – Contours on the green […]

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Purchasing Quality Grass Seed for Your Lawn (AY-25-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication provides help when selecting turfgrass for different lawns. Things to look for on a bag of quality grass seed are also covered. It also defines key terms that are used with planting and maintaining turfgrasses.

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Seeding a Turf Area in the Spring (AY-20-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication provides turf seeding guidelines in the spring for established turf areas and new turf areas.


Zoysiagrass for Indiana (AY-6-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication provides suggestions on establishing and maintaining midwestern lawns composed of zoysia and bermuda grass.

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Establishing Lawn Areas From Seed (AY-3-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This provides guidelines for establishng lawns from seed rather than from sod. It includes information on variety selection, seedbed preparation, watering, and weed control for newly established turfgrass areas.

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