Turfman Tips

Learn more about how to help promote a beautiful, green, weed-free lawn by reading the following Turfman Lawn Tips:

Aeration

For years, professional groundkeepers have been able to keep their golf courses and athletic fields beautiful in playing condition by the mechanical processes of turf aeriation. Soil high in clay content and lawns grown on subsoil exposed when new houses are built are subject to compaction. Soil compaction results in reduction in the pore spaces in the soil through which water, nutrients and air enter. Grass roots cannot penetrate into compacted soils. The result is shallow rooted plants which lack vigor and are prone to injury during periods of plant stress like heat and drought. Read More.

Mowing

Proper mowing practices are important when maintaining a healthy lawn. When incorrectly mowed lawns are unsightly, the turf is weak and lacks vigor; it is more susceptible to weed invasion, insect and disease infestations and will be unable to withstand environmental stresses. If the lawn is properly mowed, let the clippings remain. Returning clippings will benefit the law by recycling nutrients and organic matter back to the root zone. Height, frequency, and blade are the three keys to successful mowing. Read More.

Watering

A grass-plant is 85 percent water. The plant uses water for its cell structure, during photosynthesis (the process of making food from sunlight and nutrients), and to cool itself by a process called transpiration (the leaf gives off water to evaporate and cool the plant). If the plant doesn’t have enough water to cool itself, it will suffer from summer heat stress. Prolonged periods of dry weather can result in permanent damage to the plant. Read More.

Grubs

Grub season is upon us once again, by the middle of August and through most of the fall season, white grubs will be predominate as the most destructive turf insect. To prevent significant injury to lawns under our care we provide a grub prevention treatment. We have selected Merit insecticide as our prevention treatment. The active ingredient in Merit is sufficient residual activity so that the application can be made in June and July preceding the egg laying activity of the adults (Japanese beetle and Masked chaffers) egg. Waiting to treat a lawn until severe damage has taken place means that we will be trying to control larger more hardy grub. Read More.

Turfgrass Diseases

Learn more about Turfgrass Diseases by downloading a PDF from Purdue University.

Poa Trivialis

Why is rough bluegrass becoming a more common intruder? Currently, in Cincinnati, we are experiencing cool, wet weather that favors the development of Poa trivialis. On a larger scale, the increase in rough bluegrass problems can perhaps be attributed to two reasons. First, more Poa trivialis sees it being produced in the Pacific Northwest for use as a winter overseeding species in the southern U.S. Because more seed is being produced, more seed is available to contaminate other seed lots and fields. Second, there is difficulty in separating Poa trivialis seed from that of other species, especially Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis). Reportedly, seed laboratories vary in ability to distinguish between the two species. Read More.