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Keeping your grass alive during drought

Southern Wisconsin has had a prolonged period of very hot and dry conditions. Many parts of the state have seen little or no rain in at least 30 days. Kentucky bluegrass is the dominant species of grass growing on Wisconsin’s … Continue reading

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2012 Snow Mold Reports

Now that nobody is thinking about snow mold, the 2012 UW Snow Mold Reports have been posted online at the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab’s website in the ‘News’ section on the righthand side (http://www.tdl.wisc.edu/).  Reports and pictures from 2 sites in … Continue reading

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Dandelions and tall fescue don’t mix. Literally.

Check out the two pictures below. The one one the left shows a strip of perennial ryegrass infested with dandelions, but the surrounding tall fescue is dandelion free. The p. rye and t. fescue were planted at the same time … Continue reading

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Soil Temps and Disease Control

Yesterday, I asked Paul Koch (TDL Manager) how the soil temperatures may influence timing for control of our early season patch diseases. Here’s what he said (from vacation, nonetheless): “Though soil temps are in many cases indicating that initial fungicide … Continue reading

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Soil Temperature Roller Coaster

Just wanted to share the soil temperatures at the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research and Education Facility (Verona, WI) with everyone. How amazing is it to see the soil temperatures go from frozen on March 7th to over 50 degrees on … Continue reading

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Snow Mold Field Days

Despite absurdly warm weather and a general lack of snow mold across the region, Dr. Kerns and I would like to invite all of you to attend the 2012 UW Snow Mold Field Days.  The field days will be held … Continue reading

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Early Season Update

Well, I took a guess on my last post that the GDDs were going to be off this year. For Southern WI, at least, I’d like to retract that. The picture below shows the Forsythia right outside my office in … Continue reading

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Early season creates uncertainty

It’s not even St. Patty’s day and the growing degree day models are starting to light up all over Southern Wisconsin. Because the season has been so unseasonably warm, many have been asking about the accuracy of the models. I … Continue reading

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2011 Research Reports Available

The 2011 Wisconsin Turfgrass Research Reports are now available. The 2011 reports contain valuable information on turf cultivars, herbicide efficacy trials, fungicide evaluations, fertilizer and soil fertility trials, and more. Download a copy here.

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Welcome to the new site!

Welcome to the new UW Turfgrass website. We’ve made several major changes that we hope you’ll find useful. First, we’ve added many growing degree day models used by the Michigan State GDD Tracker. Use the maps to improve seed head suppression, … Continue reading

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