Basics of Pre-emergent Herbicide Applications for Professional Turfgrass Managers

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Extension Specialist)

Pre-emergent (PRE) herbicides prevent summer annual weed (For Example, crabgrass, goosegrass, annual sedges, and spurge) seeds from developing into mature plants. The reason we use PRE herbicides for summer annual weed control is because these summer annuals come back every year from seeds. So if we can stop . . . → Read More: Basics of Pre-emergent Herbicide Applications for Professional Turfgrass Managers

When Controlling Dandelions in the Spring, Application Timing Matters!

Springtime is just around the corner, and that means lots of yellow dandelion blooms! While fall applications are generally very effective for postemergence dandelion control, the reality is that spring applications are often needed to keep clients happy. K-State researchers Zane Raudenbush and Steve Keeley recently investigated postemergence dandelion control when applying seven herbicides (shown . . . → Read More: When Controlling Dandelions in the Spring, Application Timing Matters!

It’s not too late!

(by Jared Hoyle; KSU Turfgrass Extension Specialist)

You may have missed “Cyber Monday” or “Black Friday” but you can still make it, it’s not too late. Tomorrow KSU will be hosting the Annual Kansas Turfgrass Conference in Topeka. You can still register on site. It’s going to be a great time! Hope to see you . . . → Read More: It’s not too late!

Don’t walk there! FROST!

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Extension)

With the temperatures dropping we have already seen frost in many areas in Kansas. Many times the weather forecast is calling for lows in the mid 30′s. This is just an official temperature for a specific area. Even though the official report may say that it is not getting . . . → Read More: Don’t walk there! FROST!

Don’t forget to sign up for the 63rd Annual Kansas Turfgrass Conference!

(by Jared Hoyle; KSU Turfgrass Extension Specialist)

It will be here before you know it. We have a great schedule lined up for you this year so don’t miss out!

The 63rd Annual Kansas Turfgrass Conference will be held December 3, 4 & 5 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. The conference is an excellent . . . → Read More: Don’t forget to sign up for the 63rd Annual Kansas Turfgrass Conference!

How do you tell the difference?

(by Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Extension)

Are you 100% sure you have annual bluegrass? or could it be rough bluegrass?

Annual bluegrass is a common winter annual weed here in Kansas. It is very difficult to control as there are limited herbicides that can be POST applied in cool season grasses. Rough bluegrass is very . . . → Read More: How do you tell the difference?

Don’t let your pesticide license expire

(Megan Kennelly, KSU Plant Pathology)

 

If you, like me, have a pesticide license that expires in 2013 now is the time to make sure you are on track for renewal. The Kansas Department of Agriculture manages those licenses (not KSU) and they provide an update on your credit status each year. I got mine . . . → Read More: Don’t let your pesticide license expire

Large patch in zoysiagrass, and fungicide resources

Megan Kennelly, KSU Plant Pathology If you have a history of large patch in zoysiagrass and haven’t gotten a fall application down yet you might want to think about it ASAP. Here at KSU we’ve gotten good spring suppression with applications the preceding fall ranging from early through late September. In fact, in many cases . . . → Read More: Large patch in zoysiagrass, and fungicide resources

Just a little bit is all you need

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Extension)

Last week I was out in western Kansas. While I was out there it actually rained! I have been out that way only a couple of times since I have moved to Kansas and it has rained every time. Needless to say I heard a lot of comments like… . . . → Read More: Just a little bit is all you need

Recent disease activity in turf and ornamentals

(Megan Kennelly, KSU Plant Pathology)

 

I just read Jared’s post and I, too, am ready for this weird end-of-summer heat wave to pass. Usually during the Kansas summer I think “just hang on until Labor Day, and it will get better” but the next few days are looking rough. Maybe I need to change . . . → Read More: Recent disease activity in turf and ornamentals

Is that the light at the end of the tunnel…or a train about to hit me head on?

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Extension)

Just about three weeks ago the weather turned a little cooler and we were getting plenty of rain. Everyone thought that it was the light at the end of the tunnel. The next thing we know, it might be a train headed right for us. It’s hot again and . . . → Read More: Is that the light at the end of the tunnel…or a train about to hit me head on?

Little Barley or Foxtail…You decide!

(By Ward Upham, KSU Extension)

Many people mistake little barley (Hordeum pusillum) for a little foxtail because the foxtail and little barley seedheads are similar. However, little barley is a winter annual that comes up in late September – October and spends the winter as a small plant. It thrives in the cooler spring temperatures, . . . → Read More: Little Barley or Foxtail…You decide!

It’s about time!

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Extension)

Soon to come it is going to be time for superintendents to start on some renovations around the golf course. These renovations can include a wide array of activities. The first thing to consider is every golf course is different. Not every superintendent is going to be doing the . . . → Read More: It’s about time!

Fall Lawn Seeding Tips

(By Ward Upham)

The keys to successful lawn seeding are proper rates, even dispersal, good seed to soil contact, and proper watering. Evenness is best achieved by carefully calibrating the seeder or by adjusting the seeder to a low setting and making several passes to ensure even distribution. Seeding a little on the heavy side . . . → Read More: Fall Lawn Seeding Tips