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Thinning out thick “native” areas

Since 2014, Neil Radatz at Hawks Landing in Madison has been kind enough to let us play around with weed control strategies in native or non-mowed rough areas. We have received funding from the Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association and … Continue reading

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Assistance for Creating a Nutrient Management Plan

It has been eight years since NR-151 took effect. Here are some documents and videos designed to help you update or create your nutrient management plan. These plans are a requirement for all fertilized turfgrass areas of 5 acres or … Continue reading

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Educational Opportunity: The 2016 Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science Online (For Professionals) is set for January 6th – March 23rd, 2016

Any investment in quality continuing education opportunities benefits employees and employers alike. The 2016 Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science Online is designed to help meet the continuing education needs of any individual or organization.  This 12-week program will have … Continue reading

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New GDD Tracker for Growth Regulator Applications

Professor Bill Kreuser at the University of Nebraska has recently updated the GDD tracker that he developed during his MS research here at UW. The new version is streamlined and gives the user the ability to choose their temperature units … Continue reading

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More resources for dealing with dead spots in lawns

  Lawns and turf areas around the state are devastated. Here are some links to help those who will need to repair areas this season:   Lawn Establishment and Renovation – a thourough description of all the options and steps for … Continue reading

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Some tips for dealing with dead spots in your lawn this spring

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Dealing with Drought Affected Lawns

With the drought abating in many parts of the state, we’ve seen lawns begin to green up[1]. However, after the severe stretch of drought, nearly every lawn is expected to have some areas where the grass has died. These dead … Continue reading

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2012 Wisconsin Turfgrass Field Day on July 31

There was an almost audible collective sigh of relief from around Wisconsin when some us finally received rain last week.  It was a long time coming. I lived through the hot and dry years of 1976 and 1988 and can … Continue reading

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Anatomy of dormant Kentucky bluegrass

Kentucky bluegrass goes dormant by allowing its leaves to die but keeping the crown (the origin of new roots and shoots) alive. It needs only minuscule amounts of water to survive. Also, Kentucky bluegrass can generate new roots and shoots from its … Continue reading

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Healthy dormant Kentucky bluegrass (low traffic) vs. Dormant Kentucky bluegrass under high traffic. Try to keep your lawn like the one on the left!

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