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Moles (ADM-10-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Learn more about the Eastern moles and the star-nosed mole, which are the two species of moles found in Indiana. This publication highlights topics such as the biology and behavior of moles, nests and runways for moles and how to control moles.

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Protecting Pollinators from Insecticide Applications in Turfgrass (E-267-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication provides turfgrass management professionals with suggestions aimed at minimizing the potential negative impacts of neonicotinoids and other insecticides on pollinators.

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Managing Billbugs in Turfgrass (E-266-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication provides turfgrass management professionals and property owners with information to help them (1) properly identify the most common billbug species with turfgrass in Indiana and adjacent states, (2) understand billbug biology, (3) recognize billbug damage, and (4) formulate safe and effective billbug management strategies.

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Japanese Beetles in the Urban Landscape (E-75-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Japanese beetle infestations are found in rural and urban areas throughout Indiana. This publication describes Japanese beetle habits and how to control them in lawns, ornamentals, and food plants.

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Turf Insect Management (E-61-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication provides property owners and turfgrass management professionals with basic information to: (1) properly identify the most common turfgrass insect pests of Indiana and adjacent states, (2) recognize insect damage, (3) understand insect biology, and (4) formulate safe and effective pest management strategies.

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Chiggers and Their Control (E-34-W)

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Ants (E-22-W)

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Smut diseases (BP-119-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Smut diseases, caused by several closely related and highly specialized pathogenic fungi, tend to occur on higher cut turf, so they are often found on residential turf, athletic fields, and golf course roughs. This publication describes the symptoms of smut diseases and provides management strategies.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Yellow Patch (BP-118-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Yellow patch, also referred to as cool season brown patch, occurs on creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass. This publication describes yellow patch symptoms and options for controlling the disease.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Rhizoctonia Large Patch (BP-117-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Rhizoctonia large patch of zoysiagrass (also called zoysia patch) is the most significant infectious disease of the zoysiagrass species. This publication shows how to identify and manage this turfgrass disease.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Necrotic Ring Spot (BP-116-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Necrotic ring spot infects the roots of Kentucky bluegrass on golf courses, sports turf, professional landscapes, and home lawns. It is seldom a devastating disease, but outbreaks can disturb the appearance of the turf stand and affect playing surfaces. This publication examines the causes of this disease and presents management strategies.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Summer Patch (BP-115-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Summer patch affects Kentucky bluegrass and annual bluegrass on all kinds of turf venues, including golf courses, athletic fields, professional landscapes, and residential lawns. This publication describes summer patch symptoms and discusses a variety of management options.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Take All Patch (BP-114-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Take all patch is a disease of creeping bentgrass that can occur on golf course greens, tees, and fairways. This publication describes take all patch symptoms and discusses a variety of management options.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Fairy Ring (BP-113-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Fairy rings are dark green circular bands in turf caused by numerous soil-inhabiting fungi. This publication describes the symptoms and development of fairy rings, and provides management options.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Slime Molds (BP-112-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Despite their threatening appearance, slime molds are not infectious and will not result in anything more than temporary cosmetic damage. This publication describes the symptoms and signs of slime molds and control methods.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Powdery Mildew (BP-111-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Powdery mildew is a foliar disease of Kentucky bluegrass and some fescues. The disease is rarely responsible for any lasting damage to turf, so its effects are primarily aesthetic. This publication describes the symptoms of powdery mildew and offers control options.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Rust Diseases (BP-110-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Leaf rust outbreaks are most common on residential lawns and low budget athletic fields. It is largely a cosmetic disease, but its orange spores can be a greater nuisance. This publication describes the symptoms and development of this disease, and provides management options.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Pythium Blight (BP-109-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Pythium blight can cause considerable turf damage because it spreads quickly and affects the leaves and crowns. Pythium blight occurs during hot, humid days in the summer. This publication provides control and prevention methods.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Anthracnose (BP-108-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Anthracnose is caused by a fungus that survives and thrives on dead and decaying organic matter, and is primarily a disease of intensively managed annual bluegrass and creeping bentgrass used on golf courses. This publication discusses how to identify anthracnose, and examines options for controlling the disease.

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Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Gray Leaf Spot (BP-107-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Gray leaf spot is a foliar disease that affects perennial ryegrass and tall fescue. Moderate outbreaks of gray leaf spot result in clusters of thin, off-colored turf. Severe outbreaks, however, will result in the death and decay of extensive areas and ruin the entire turf stand. This publication describes the symptoms and development of this disease, and provides management options.

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