Carolina Panthers’ Coach Not a Fan of Artificial Turf

As reported in yesterday’s online edition of the Charlotte News Observer, the coach of the Carolina Panthers, Ron Rivera, prefers natural turfgrass to artificial turf. He indicated that the artificial turf at MetLife Stadium may have been at least partially to blame for some of his players’ foot injuries in last week’s game against the […]

By |November 30th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Carolina Panthers’ Coach Not a Fan of Artificial Turf

Buy Only Certified Sod!

Choosing certified sod is the only way you can be certain that the variety you receive is exactly what you purchased. All sod is required to have a state “Department of Agriculture” tag, which means only that the sod is free of fire ants. However, this tag does not qualify the sod as a certified […]

By |October 31st, 2017|General|Comments Off on Buy Only Certified Sod!

Do You Know These Basics of Lawn Aeration?

Like most living things, plant roots — including those of turfgrass — need air, water and nutrients. Unfortunately, traffic on the grass — from feet and vehicle/equipment tires, even from lawn mowers — can compact the soil, squeezing out the spaces between soil particles and preventing the vital movement of air, water and nutrients down […]

By |October 27th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Do You Know These Basics of Lawn Aeration?

Take a Hole-by-Hole Tour of Bluejack National!

This past March, veteran golfer Andy Johnson (with The Fried Egg) posted a lengthy review of his recent trip to BlueJack National, Tiger Woods’ first American-designed golf course, located just outside Houston, TX. Johnson not only describes each hole in detail, with insider advice, but he also posts several photos of each gorgeously manicured hole. […]

By |May 31st, 2017|L1F Zoysia, Zeon Zoysia|Comments Off on Take a Hole-by-Hole Tour of Bluejack National!

Turfgrass Breeding Efforts Often Rely on Intellectual Property Protection

The breeding and development of improved turfgrass varieties is a time-consuming and complex process. As Terry Hollifield, executive director of the Georgia Crop Improvement Association, points out on the front page of the association’s Spring 2017 newsletter, “Since the passage of the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) in 1970 and revised in 1994 and the […]

By |May 2nd, 2017|General|Comments Off on Turfgrass Breeding Efforts Often Rely on Intellectual Property Protection

Atlanta Home Magazine Features TifTuf Bermudagrass

The March/April 2017 issue of My Home Improvement magazine, published for homeowners in Atlanta, Georgia, featured a three-page article on TifTuf Bermudagrass, calling it “the perfect grass for your yard.” The article extolled TifTuf’s extraordinary drought tolerance and listed several additional attributes, including its good performance in shade, its early spring greenup and its excellent […]

By |April 24th, 2017|TifTuf bermuda|Comments Off on Atlanta Home Magazine Features TifTuf Bermudagrass

What to Do Now for Your Spring Lawn

Ready to get started in prepping your lawn for the summer months ahead? Below are a few tips to keep it healthy and lush as the weather warms up.

Mow a bermudagrass or zoysiagrass lawn when it first turns green, with a rotary mower set as low as possible without scalping. Mow before the grass […]

By |April 11th, 2017|General|Comments Off on What to Do Now for Your Spring Lawn

Zeon and L1F Help Take Bluejack National to #1!

It’s official — Bluejack National, Tiger Woods’ first American-designed golf course, located just outside Houston, TX, has been named the #1 Best New Private Course (for 2016) by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine! On all surfaces except for the putting greens, the course is planted with two varieties of zoysiagrass — Zeon Zoysia on […]

By |March 29th, 2017|L1F Zoysia, Zeon Zoysia|Comments Off on Zeon and L1F Help Take Bluejack National to #1!

Managing Thatch on Lawns

Several varieties of lawn grasses (such as zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass) are vigorous growers and produce large quantities of stems, rhizomes, stolons and roots that are resistant to decay. That layer of dead, non-decayed organic matter that develops between the green grass and the soil surface is called thatch.

A shallow layer (1/2” or […]

By |March 27th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Managing Thatch on Lawns

Apply Preemergence Herbicides Soon

Stopping weeds before they gain a “roothold” in your lawn is one of the smartest cultural practices you can use. Applying a preemergence herbicide does just that — it doesn’t stop the weed seeds from actually germinating, but it kills the new seedlings before they “emerge” by providing a chemical barrier at the soil surface. […]

By |February 28th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Apply Preemergence Herbicides Soon