Soil Testing

If you read our Turf-Tech blog, you may notice that we sometimes talk about soil tests. Many garden stores and big-box home improvement stores sell DIY soil test kits. However, you can also get your soil tested at your local extension. The advantage of testing at a local extension is that you get more accurate…

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How to Get Rid of Moss in Your Lawn

Have you ever looked out across your lawn and noticed thick patches of moss? While moss is not technically a weed, if you aren’t growing it on purpose, it may as well be one. Moss is a simple and ancient plant with a shallow root system. It is an opportunistic plant that will take hold…

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At the TurfGrass Group, we identify outstanding types of turfgrass through the process of rigorous research, engineering, and technology. Along with our university breeding program partners and private sector partners, we license the production of these superior turfgrass varieties. Whatever turfgrass variety you are looking into—whether it’s TIfTuf Bermudagrass, Zeon Zoysiagrass, or another variety—you will…

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While we all love acres of uninterrupted, lush turfgrass, it is inevitable that man or Mother Nature will interfere with that plan. Buildings, trees and other objects are eventually going to cast shadows (literal and figurative) on your turf dreams. So how do you handle growing and maintaining turfgrass in shady areas? Here are three…

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Don’t get too carried away with the rest and relaxation – just because your turfgrass is dormant, it doesn’t mean you should be! When all the leaves and debris have been cleared from your turf and it’s not quite time to start thinking about herbicides and pesticides, it is still time to tackle the tasks…

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Originated in the South’s turfgrass capitol, Tifton, Georgia, T10 is a popular choice among homeowners and sports turf managers because of its low maintenance nature and traffic tolerance. It is also popular on residential lawns due to its decreased mowing frequency requirement. T10 is right at home from the deep South all the way into…

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Even dormant turfgrass needs proper cultural practices to encourage a return to full health in the spring. Don’t forget these winter-month maintenance items: Mowing. Just before green-up, mow slightly lower than summer mowing height. If possible, use a bagging mower to collect trimmings and dead material from winter dormancy. Thatch Removal. If the thatch layer…

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Every variety of turfgrass offers unique benefits and challenges. It is always important to choose a variety carefully, based on the season, traffic, desired appearance and other factors. One great option for zoysiagrass is Zeon. Zeon is a low maintenance breed – it requires only one inch of water per week, and a small amount…

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Once the grass has stopped growing for the winter, you can celebrate the end of mowing season, but not until you’ve properly prepared your mower and other equipment for hibernation. Here are a few steps to winterizing your mower: Remove fuel from the tank Clean off all dust, grass and trimmings Remove the mower battery…

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The cooler weather is upon us, and it’s time to consider how to protect and preserve your turfgrass for the coming months. Sure, there will be less traffic on it when the temperatures drop a little bit. And there’s always plenty of rain or snow to consider. You have to be prepared for these seasonal…

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