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Fall Armyworms Are Marching

September 16, 2015

Photo courtesy of David Shetlar, Ph.D., Ohio State University.   The larval (caterpillar) stage of the fall armyworm moth can cause serious damage to lawns. In summer, the moths lay clusters of eggs in cotton-like, greenish-white masses on structures (houses, mailboxes, fences, signs, etc.), shrubs and trees, and the newly hatched larvae drop down to…

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Zeon Zoysia Again Lauded as the Primary Golf Grass at the 2016 Olympics

September 9, 2015

A recent article posted on PitchCare.com included several paragraphs about Zeon Zoysia, the turfgrass cultivar chosen to grass the fairways and tees for the 2016 Olympics golf course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Touted as dense and drought tolerant, with low fertilizer requirements, Zeon was planted as sod, primarily in large rolls, supplied by Green…

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Time to Treat for White Grubs!

September 4, 2015

A common turfgrass pest throughout our region, white grubs are the larvae of scarab beetles, most commonly those of Japanese beetles, green June beetles, May and June beetles, oriental beetles and southern and northern masked chafers. These grubs feed on the roots of the grass, which reduces its ability to use water and nutrients. Consequently,…

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David Bradley of Turf Mountain Sod Joins The Turfgrass Group

August 31, 2015

  After garnering 25 years of turfgrass and sod-production experience at Turf Mountain Sod in Hendersonville, NC, David Bradley has now joined The Turfgrass Group. “We are thrilled to welcome such a knowledgeable, well-respected professional to our company,” said Aaron McWhorter, co-owner of The Turfgrass Group with Ken Morrow. “Through devoting most of his career…

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Artificial Turf Melts Athletic Shoe in Texas

August 17, 2015

Last week, the MSN Sports website posted an article — and a rather alarming photo — of the melted underside of a shoe worn in practice by a high school football player in Texas. The team plays on synthetic turf, which can get much hotter than natural grass. To read the article and see the…

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Pest Alert — Fire Ants

July 31, 2015

Yes, the mounds of red fire ants are unsightly eyesores in turfgrass and landscape settings, but more importantly, their inhabitants can be hazardous to anyone who happens to disturb their abode. One fire-ant sting may not be terribly painful, but fire ants tend to attack in large numbers and then sting in unison due to…

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Tips for Watering the Summer Lawn

July 17, 2015

Summers in our region can be brutally hot and, frequently, extremely dry. That’s why knowing how and when to apply the cooling, moisturizing effects of irrigation can be so critical to the health of a lawn in summer. Most varieties of lawn grass need about 1” of water per week in summer, either through rainfall…

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Notice to Consumers: Beware of Sod Imposters

July 10, 2015

Here at The Turfgrass Group, a large part of what we do is to protect the intellectual property of our exclusive certified varieties: Zeon Zoysia, JaMur Zoysia, L1F Zoysia, TifGrand Bermudagrass, T-10 Bermudagrass and TifBlair Centipedegrass. More importantly, in doing so, we also protect the genetic purity of these varieties, in which we and our…

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An Exciting New, Low-Maintenance Alternative to Bermuda and Bentgrass on Golf Greens — L1F Zoysia

June 26, 2015

Earlier this year, the tee-to-greens performance and quality of L1F Zoysia were touted in a press release for Bladerunner Farms, the variety’s developer. While most golf course superintendents have heard about fairway-quality zoysiagrasses such as Zeon Zoysia, L1F is one of the first commercially available zoysias ideally suited for the low height of cut and…

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Tiger Woods Plants Zeon and L1F Zoysiagrass at His First American Golf Course

June 15, 2015

Except for TifEagle putting greens, all the playing surfaces at Bluejack National — the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course in the United States — will be grassed with Zeon Zoysia and L1F Zoysiagrass, two of The Turfgrass Group’s premier varieties. An article published online by Club and Resort Business details the reasoning behind the grass…

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