Tuesday Turf Twister #2

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Congrats to Jake W, Andrew, TKH, Jeff, Hbbuckbrandt, and Ryan Bourne!!! And Extra Points to Ryan Bourne….he listed the life cycle and control measures. Thanks Ryan! Last weeks’s weed was Buckhorn Plaintain. It is a perennial plant that can be difficult to control. This is different than common or blackseed plantain. The genus/specie name for . . . → Read More: Tuesday Turf Twister #2

Should I start seeding now?

I have been getting lots of questions about when should I start seeding. The cooler temperatures last week and the cool night time temps have caused people to get excited. But the forecast for Olathe still has temperatures in the low 90s and upper 80s through next weekend, with not many chances for rain.

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Tuesday Turf Twister

Calling all Weedies. The first Tuesday Turf Twister is here. I thought I’d post up two pictures of a weed today and see how many people can get it right.

Guess what you think the weed is an post it in the comments here on the blog or on Facebook. If you get it . . . → Read More: Tuesday Turf Twister

How to mow your yard. A Rebuttal of a Consumer Reports Article

When mowing, only remove 1/3 of the leaf tissue.  Which means for tall fescue that you want to maintain at 3.5 inches high, never let it grow higher than 4.6" before you mow it.

I’ve been getting a few questions about a article in the recent Consumer Reports magazine. The article was written to help homeowners save time and reduce their workload in maintaining their landscape. The article had some good tips. But I need to clarify one of the tips that was presented regarding the 1/3 rule of . . . → Read More: How to mow your yard. A Rebuttal of a Consumer Reports Article

Warm Spring: Grub/Insecticide Application Timing?

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I’ve been getting some questions about grubs and timing of insecticides with this warmer than usual spring. Bob Baurenfeind, K-State Horticulture Entomologist wrote the following article for the KSUTurf blog to help address some of these concerns, read on below.

 

There have been recent inquires as to how the mild winter temperatures (December . . . → Read More: Warm Spring: Grub/Insecticide Application Timing?

Two more great articles about crabgrass germination.

Just to share some great articles about crabgrass germination.

Dr. Patton and Dr. Street of Purdue and Ohio State posted 2 great reads that expand on my recent article about crabgrass. Dr. Patton’s article has some great research citations.

 

When Will Crabgrass Germinate?: With the rapidly warming weather,several are asking “When will crabgrass germi… . . . → Read More: Two more great articles about crabgrass germination.

Buffalograss Greening up: Round-Up for weeds?

While standing over this plot, the buffalograss looks completely dormant.

Typically in Feb and March I get calls from people wanting to control weeds in their buffalograss lawns. And they have heard that they can spray Round-Up (glyphosate) on their lawn to control weeds. Yes this is true. You can spray Round-Up on dormant buffalograss. Since the buffalograss is ‘sleeping’ and not growing, it will . . . → Read More: Buffalograss Greening up: Round-Up for weeds?

Winter Weeds. I’ve seen a Bunch!

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I don’t know if it was the exceptionally warm weather or the over-abundance of weak and damaged lawns from last summer/fall, but I’ve seen an exceptional amount of winter annual weeds like henbit and common chickweed, just to name 2 that I’ve seen.

I’m guessing that it is a combination of the two. The warm . . . → Read More: Winter Weeds. I’ve seen a Bunch!

Crabgrass or Knotweed germinating, don’t panic!

I posted some pictures on Twitter over the weekend of some Knotweed germinating.

Don’t forget knotweed germinates before crabgrass. So if you see germinating seedlings probably knotweed. Like this. twitter.com/KSUTurf/status…

— KSUTurf (@KSUTurf) March 18, 2012

 

Close up of knotweed germinating near edge of street. twitter.com/KSUTurf/status…

— KSUTurf (@KSUTurf) March 18, 2012

 

 

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Crabgrass Germination: Do I put down preventer now?

With the unseasonably warm weather, we’ve been getting this question a lot lately. Crabgrass is an annual weed and must come back from seed each year. Since, crabgrass must germinate from seed each year, we can control crabgrass by applying a pre-emergent herbicide to the soil that will kill young germinating crabgrass seedlings. This is . . . → Read More: Crabgrass Germination: Do I put down preventer now?

Wild Garlic, Wild Onion and Star-of-Bethlehem

Ward Upham from the Hort Rapid Response Center had a great article in the Horticulture Newsletter. I’ve posted a copy of the article below.

Wild garlic (Allium vineale) and wild onion (Allium canadense) are two closely related plants that can become weed problems in home lawns and landscapes. Though wild garlic and wild onion . . . → Read More: Wild Garlic, Wild Onion and Star-of-Bethlehem

Ornamental Grasses Not Blooming? Here’s the bad and the good.

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Notes from the Ornamental Grass trial by Robin Dremsa, Research Assistant at the Olathe Horticulture Research & Extension Center.

After this hot dry summer and fall, it was interesting to go walk the ornamental grass trials and see what looks good and what doesn’t. Most of these grasses are in their 4th season and did . . . → Read More: Ornamental Grasses Not Blooming? Here’s the bad and the good.

Stressed about your trees? So are they!

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This post comes from Jason Griffin, Nursery Crop Specialist and Director of the John C. Pair Facility in Wichita, KS

This summer’s intense weather is undoubtedly affecting our trees this fall. Many un-irrigated trees gave up their leaves a while ago. Under conditions of exceptional heat and drought, early leaf abscission is a common survival . . . → Read More: Stressed about your trees? So are they!

Poor Seed Germination This Fall? You’re not Alone.

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I’ve been getting a several phone calls and emails and I’ve visited several properties that have had poor seed germination this fall. And I think it all relates to the drought we’ve been experiencing this fall. Below you can see Fox4KC’s meteorologist, Joe Lauria showing the 4 driest September/October periods on record. And 2011 ties . . . → Read More: Poor Seed Germination This Fall? You’re not Alone.