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Lawn Diseases 2016

The summer of 2016 has been quite favorable for the development of an assortment of infectious diseases on residential turf.  The primary driver of all of this disease activity is the weather.  In the lower Midwest, the combination of elevated temperature and ample precipitation since the beginning August of has spawned outbreaks of brown patch, […]

Common Purslane

Purslane Biology: Common purslane (Portulaca oleracea L.) is a summer annual broadleaf weed (Fig. 1) that is commonly found in low maintenance turf swards (Fig. 2), turf seeded in summer (Fig. 3), next to sidewalks and driveways, and in mulched beds and gardens (Fig. 4).  Purslane is a succulent plant with a prostrate growth habit, […]

Postemergence Crabgrass Control

As crabgrass grows larger and larger this spring into summer, you’ll need to know just how big it is before selecting the right product for postemergence control. Read my recent article to turf professionals at Turf Republic: Just How Big is Your Crabgrass?       For homeowners, look for products that contain quinclorac such […]


Quackgrass     Biology: Quackgrass ( Elymus repens) is a cool-season perennial that vigorously spreads by rhizomes. It is a sod-forming grass that can crowd out desirable grasses and even other weeds. Quackgrass has been shown to be allelopathic, which means it releases chemicals that inhibit the growth of other plants. Large, nearly pure patches of […]

Rain, Rain Go Away?

There are a lot of wet areas out there right now as pockets of Indiana have received more than double their monthly expected rainfall. Rain is a good thing but as we know it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Saturated soils reduce turf health and cause issues related to mowing […]

Is it Safe to Aerify after Applying a Preemergence Herbicide?

It is not uncommon for me to receive questions regarding whether it is OK to aerify an area when you’ve already applied a preemergence herbicide to control crabgrass. Will aerifying break the herbicide barrier and reduce my crabgrass control? The answer to this and more can be found here in a recent post I wrote […]

How to Keep Turf Areas Around Sidewalks From Failing

Last year I posted a turf tip on why it is so difficult to manage turf around sidewalks and driveways. I encourage you to read that post (Weed Management Next to Sidewalks and Driveways) as it provides recommendations for weed control, etc. in these areas as well as how to prevent weeds and encourage healthier […]

Common Questions About Crabgrass Germination and Preemergence Herbicides Answered

This time of year many have questions about crabgrass germination and control. Below are several previous Purdue turf tips that answer the most commonly asked questions about crabgrass control. When will crabgrass germinate? When should I apply my preemergence herbicide (crabgrass preventer)? Which preemergence herbicide should I use? – Professionals How to Select a Crabgrass […]


How to Select a Crabgrass Preventer from the Store – Homeowners

Crabgrass is a summer annual weed that germinates in lawns each spring (click here for crabgrass identification information). Preemergence herbicides prevent emergence of crabgrass plants from the soil. These products must be applied prior to crabgrass germination which could occur as early as April 1 in southern Indiana and three or more weeks later in […]


This Week Felt Too Much Like 2014!

This cold weather reminded me of the cold weather we experienced last winter. While it is too early to tell what effect the weather might have had on the turf, it could have damaged some warm-season turf areas in north central Indiana (like our bermudagrass and zoysiagrass areas at the Daniel Turf Research Center) where […]


7 Simple Steps to a Better Homelawn

Adjuvants and the Power of the Spray Droplet: Improving the Performance of Pesticide Applications

An Agricultural Retailer’s Guide to Customer Care

Animal Urine Damage in Turf


Building a Backyard Putting Green

Calibrating Ride-on Pesticide Sprayers and Fertilizer Spreaders: Keys to Application Accuracy

Calibrating the Hose Reel Lawn Care Sprayer

Chiggers and Their Control

Control of Broadleaf Weeds in Homelawns

Control of Crabgrass in Homelawns

Don’t Bag It

Establishing Lawn Areas From Seed

Facts About Phosphorus and Lawns

Farm Truck Accidents: Considering Your Liability Management Options

Fertilizing Established Lawns

Fiberglass Tanks for Storage, Transport, and Application: Designing Your Customized Tank

ID and Control of Annual Bluegrass and Rough Bluegrass in Lawns

Identification and Control of Perennial Grassy Weeds

Impact of Water Quality on Pesticide Performance

Improving Lawns in the Shade

Irrigation Practices for Homelawns

Japanese Beetles in the Urban Landscape

Keep the Trailer Connected to the Truck: Understanding the ‘Hitch’ System

Landscape Pesticide Application Equipment: A Guide to Selection and Calibration of Liquid Sprayers

Lawn Improvement Programs

Lawncare Pesticide Application Equipment: A Guide to Selection and Calibration of Granular Spreaders

Maintaining Lawns on Sandy Soils

Maintenance Calendar for Indiana Lawns

Managing Billbugs in Turfgrass

Measuring Pesticides: Overlooked Steps To Getting the Correct Rate.


Mowing, Thatching, Aerifying, and Rolling Turf

Offering Sound Pest Management Advice to the Public

Pesticides and Container Management

Pesticides and Fleet Vehicles Transporting Pesticides Safely

Pesticides and Formulation Technology

Pesticides and Personal Protective Equipment

Poly Tanks for Farm Businesses Preventing Catastrophic Failures

Protecting Pollinators from Insecticide Applications in Turfgrass

Purchasing Quality Grass Seed for Your Lawn

Securing The Load

Seeding a Turf Area in the Spring

Should I Hire a Professional Lawn Care Service?

Soil Testing for Lawns

Steel Tanks for Storing and Transporting Pesticides and Fertilizers

The Aftermath of a Farm Truck Crash: Lawsuits, Settlements, and Court Proceedings

The Benefits of Pesticides, A Story Worth Telling

The Role of Pesticides in Urban Integrated Pest Management

The Selection and Inspection of Hoses: An Integral Component of Everyday Equipment

The Tractor Hitch Pin: A Critical Component in Keeping Control of Implements

The Way to Spray

Turf Insect Management

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Anthracnose

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Brown Patch

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Dollar Spot

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Fairy Ring

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Gray Leaf Spot

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Gray Snow Mold

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Leaf Spot/Melting Out

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Necrotic Ring Spot

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Pink Snow Mold

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Powdery Mildew

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Pythium Blight

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Red Thread

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Rhizoctonia Large Patch

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Rust Diseases

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Seasonal Activity of Turfgrass Pathogens

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Slime Molds

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Smut diseases

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Summer Patch

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Take All Patch

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Turf Disease Identification

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Yellow Patch

Turfgrass Insects: Managing White Grubs in Turfgrass

Yellow Nutsedge Control

Zoysiagrass for Indiana

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