Maintaining a Home Lawn


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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Facts About Phosphorus and Lawns (AY-334-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication for both professionals and homeowners examines the role that phosphorus plays in turfgrass growth, explains how to determine the needs of specific turf stands, and provides suggestions for proper application to reduce the risk of contaminating surface waters.

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Fertilizing Established Lawns (AY-22-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Fertilizing established lawns keeps the lawn looking good and reduces how much you have to water and control weed, insect, and disease pests — that saves you money and is environmentally responsible. This publication answers questions about fertilizing cool-season lawns and provides tips for creating your own fertilization program.

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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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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.


The Selection and Inspection of Hoses: An Integral Component of Everyday Equipment (PPP-89)

Purdue Extension Publication

When worn-out hoses fail or don’t work, it becomes very clear how important those inexpensive parts can be. This publication describes design characteristics to look for to correctly select a hose, and offers inspection guidelines to determine when a hose, clamp, or fitting should be replaced.

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Calibrating the Hose Reel Lawn Care Sprayer (PPP-85)

Purdue Extension Publication

Applying the right amount of product means fewer callbacks, more satisfied customers, and greater profits. Properly calibrating and using the hose reel lawn care sprayer means achieving a lawn that meets your customer’s expectations.


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