Category: Turfgrass

Turfgrass Index

**CLICK ON THE ABOVE TITLE [TURFGRASS INDEX] TO SEE THE SEARCHABLE INDEX ** Be a Master Gardener Be a Master Gardener Turf Pests and Problems Chinch Bugs Identifying Chinch Bugs Controlling Brown Patch Take-All Lawn Disease Take-All Root Rot White Grubs Turf Maintenance Don’t Bag It Establishing a Bermuda Grass Lawn Fall Lawn Care#1 Fall … […]

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Lawn Care Tips

Plants signal their need for water: Turfgrass lies flat after being walked on, and many plants lose their shine and droop a little. When watering lawns during hot weather, do it early in the morning. Otherwise, much of the water will evaporate from the grass before the plants get to use it. To further avoid … […]

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Slow Release Nitrogen

Good maintenance for the home lawn requires proper mowing, watering, and fertilization. Fertilization is the activity that causes the most concern for conscientious homeowners. Selecting the best packaged fertilizer based on price and composition is a daunting task because of the wide variety of available choices. We should do better than just follow rough generalizations … […]

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Weed Control

WEED CONTROL: SUMMER Maintaining a healthy lawn by proper fertilizing, watering and mowing is your first line of defense in controlling weeds. However, if your lawn has become thin through neglect or weather-related reasons, you might need another level of weed control. February is the time in northeast Texas to put out pre-emergent chemicals to … […]

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Winter Lawn Care

Lawn grasses should be watered in winter if you experience a couple of weeks with no rain. As a rule, grasses should have 1 to 2 inches of water per week, including any rainfall. Your grass will tell you when it needs water. It will look dull and droopy and, when you walk across it, … […]

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Proper Grass Watering

Less means more and more means less… in lawn care, that is. Light, frequent watering of turf grasses produces a weak, shallow root system. This encourages weed invasion and does not allow effective use of soil nutrients or moisture. In contrast, deep, less frequent watering produces an extensive root system that efficiently utilizes the soil’s … […]

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Mowing Correctly

Perhaps the most important cultural practice associated with turf maintenance is mowing. To develop a good mowing program, we need to understand how turfgrass responds to cutting. The first priority of newly-cut grass is to replace its former leaf surface area. This flush of leaf growth requires carbohydrates and temporarily reduces the supply of food … […]

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Replacing Grass

Spring is the time to start thinking about replacing the turf grass you lost in recent droughts, or installing a new lawn. First you should plan on the type of grass you want to use. Some grasses adapt well to low light areas while others do best in full sun. In East Texas, St Augustine … […]

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Over-Seeding With Rye

Some homeowners want a green lawn all through the winter, and thus overseed their lawn with annual ryegrass.  While this practice is OK for a bermudagrass lawn, it is not recommended for St Augustine grass.  Here is an excellent article on overseeding grass from Texas A&M:  http://www.plantanswers.com/overseeding.htm If you are planning to “plant” annual ryegrass … […]

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Fertilizing Lawn

There are many choices of fertilizers for your lawn. How do you know what is really in the bag? Here are the basic ingredients in lawn fertilizers that are the industry standard. Fertilizers have three numbers on the front label, separated by dashes. For example: 5-10-5. This is the fertilizer percentage by weight of the … […]

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