TURF TIPS

Joe Rimelspach reported on this week's BYGL call that the heat, rain, and humidity have created the perfect storm for turf diseases, particularly BROWN PATCH (Rhizoctonia solani) on tall fescue in home lawns. Samples have come into the lab from Northeast and Central Ohio.

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Interested in wanting to learn more about what it takes to manage a baseball field?

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Check out the latest turf videos posted on the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation website with three of the OSU Turf Team.

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Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) is a perennial, spreading, herbaceous legume native to Europe and Asia. It was introduced into North America for use as a forage crop harvested for hay or used in pastures.

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One of the BYGL themes of discussion was initiated by Curtis Young, Van Wert County, Ohio, with what to do to try and control weeds like BROADLEAF PLANTAIN (Plantago major) in lawns. One of the biggest cautions to controlling broadleaved weeds during this time of year is that most plants in landscapes and gardens are broadleaves too!

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Cindy Meyer in Clermont County, Ohio, mentioned to BYGLers that RED THREAD (Laetisaria fuciformis) has begun its assault on lawns. Cindy had been wondering what could cause a lawn to begin to go brown in spots, which of course, it couldn't be anything other than the feuding neighbor! Cindy couldn't take the suspense any longer and went out to do some diagnostic sleuthing.

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Curtis Young reported working with a homeowner who had recently invested quite a bit of money into renovating his lawn and installing an irrigation system. The lawn was completely reseeded with a high quality seed mixture in the fall of 2013. Everything looked good for establishment. In 2014, the lawn grew very well, but there were a few scattered light-green very seeded spots of grass.

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Joe Boggs reported that seedheads are rising above TURF-TYPE TALL FESCUE (Festuca arundinacea) lawns in southern Ohio. This is a natural event at this time of the year and it can also occur with other turfgrasses used in home lawns including KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS (Poa pratensis). Unfortunately, an abundance of seedheads can wreck the aesthetic appeal of a lawn and the physiological effects on turf plants may temporarily reduce overall turf quality.

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Denise Johnson had some turf-type questions that needed some answers, so ambling down the hall she decided to pick Dr. David Gardner's brain. Her first question to him was, "What can be done right now if a crabgrass controlling product was not applied earlier?"

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Another excellent timely resource for turfphiles is found on the "all turf- all the time" Buckeye Turf website. This site is loaded with turfgrass-oriented videos, photos, growing tips and even educational opportunities. One can browse the Buckeye Turf Videos, searching for topics applicable to this time of year.


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