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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.


Proper mowing is the most important maintenance practice performed on established lawns, sport fields, golf courses, and other turf areas. Properly mowed lawns are denser, have fewer weeds, are more moisture-stress tolerant, and are of a higher quality than lawns that are not. A general rule is - a properly mowed lawn should look as good or better after it is mowed, than before it was mowed! If it does not, then some aspect(s) of the mowing procedure was not done properly.


Mud "chimneys," the nuisance handiwork of TERRESTRIAL or BURROWING CRAYFISH, are rising above turfgrass in southwest Ohio. There are several species of burrowing crayfish, but most belong to two genera: Cambarus and Fallicambarus. Like their aquatic cousins, these crayfish use gills to extract oxygen from water.


The onset of turfgrass green-up in the spring may bring complaints of patches of grass in home lawns that appear very different from the surrounding turfgrass. If lawns were spot-seeded last fall, patches of light-green, thin-bladed grass may simply be juvenile plants; it takes a full season for turfgrass to mature. Patches of grass that don't match the color, texture, or growth rate of the surrounding turfgrass may also be another turfgrass, or a grassy weed.


As turfgrass begins to "green up" and show signs of life, patches of bleached out grass are becoming very obvious in some lawns. These patches in some cases are turf that was damaged by PINK SNOW MOLD/MICRODOCHIUM PATCH (Microdochium nivale, formerly referred to as Fusarium nivale). Pink snow mold-damaged turfgrass appears as sunken, flattened, matted, tan-colored patches of grass.

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Overwintered ground-nesting bees are becoming active in southwest Ohio. Although there are a number of species of ground-nesting bees representing several hymenopteran families, the species currently on the wing belongs to the family Andrenidae. The common name for this family is "mining bees;" however, these important native pollinators are most often called "ground-nesting bees," as well as "burrowing bees," or "digger bees" owing to their soil excavating nesting habit.

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How would you like to participate in an EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE that covers the ENTIRE landscape from TURFGRASS to TREES & SHRUBS? Wouldn't that be ideal? Maybe you're a turfphile that suddenly is responsible for the ornamental plants on the job and you don't know where to start!


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