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Learn Basic Turfgrass Care include mowing, fertilization, and irrigation.

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Turfgrass Cultivars for Utah

For many purposes, the turfgrass seed that may be purchased from a reputable garden center or nursery will usually fit the needs for most Utah lawns. When making such a purchase, look for a quality mixture of named turfgrass varieties avoiding those seed ...

Soil Preparation & Planning

Water-Wise Landscaping: Practical Turfgrass Areas

Of the seven guiding principles of water-wise landscaping (a.k.a. Xeriscaping™), the most controversial involves the use of turfgrass in the landscape. At times it has seemed that water-wise landscaping might not allow for the use of turfgrasses at all. I...

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Learn how to Identify turf/grass pests and managed them. Including pests such as worms, bugs, beetles, and grub.
Turf Pests

Turf Pests

Learn how to Identify turf/grass pests and managed them. Including pests such as worms, bugs, beetles, and grub.

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Lawns provide a durable and functional surface for many outdoor activities while adding beauty to the landscape. For these reasons, a healthy, green lawn is the goal of many homeowners and landscape managers.
Lawn Fertilizers for Cool Season Turf

Lawn Fertilizers for Cool Season Turf

Lawns provide a durable and functional surface for many outdoor activities while adding beauty to the landscape. For these reasons, a healthy, green lawn is the goal of many homeowners and landscape managers.

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Common bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) has become a well established weed in many lawns and gardens throughout the southwest. It is sometimes grown intentionally as a turfgrass on golf courses, or lawns.
Bermudagrass, is it here to stay?

Bermudagrass, is it here to stay?

Common bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) has become a well established weed in many lawns and gardens throughout the southwest. It is sometimes grown intentionally as a turfgrass on golf courses, or lawns.

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Thatch is living and dead turfgrass stems, stolons, and rhizomes that occur just above the soil level. How can you manage it?
What is Thatch and How to Manage it?

What is Thatch and How to Manage it?

Thatch is living and dead turfgrass stems, stolons, and rhizomes that occur just above the soil level. How can you manage it?

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Information on common turf diseases in Utah and how to manage them from USU Extension and Utah Pests.
Common Turf Diseases in Utah

Common Turf Diseases in Utah

Information on common turf diseases in Utah and how to manage them from USU Extension and Utah Pests.

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Homeowners recognize the need for timely nutrient applications to promote vigorous plant growth in landscapes and gardens. These nutrients may be supplied by either organic or inorganic fertilizers, or a combination of materials. Many nursery and garden s
Selecting and Using Organic Fertilizers

Selecting and Using Organic Fertilizers

Homeowners recognize the need for timely nutrient applications to promote vigorous plant growth in landscapes and gardens. These nutrients may be supplied by either organic or inorganic fertilizers, or a combination of materials. Many nursery and garden s...

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Homeowners recognize the need for timely fertilizer applications to enhance plant growth in landscapes and gardens. However, the number of different products on the market can be overwhelming. Nursery and garden supply stores commonly stock a dozen or mor
Selecting and Using Inorganic Fertilizers

Selecting and Using Inorganic Fertilizers

Homeowners recognize the need for timely fertilizer applications to enhance plant growth in landscapes and gardens. However, the number of different products on the market can be overwhelming. Nursery and garden supply stores commonly stock a dozen or mor...

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After a long, hot summer, your lawn can look pretty sad. The heat and drought conditions take a toll, because most of our turf grasses are adapted to cool weather. During the heat of the summer, they stop growing and often go dormant. If conditions become
Renovate your Lawn After a Long, Hot Summer

Renovate your Lawn After a Long, Hot Summer

After a long, hot summer, your lawn can look pretty sad. The heat and drought conditions take a toll, because most of our turf grasses are adapted to cool weather. During the heat of the summer, they stop growing and often go dormant. If conditions become...

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Much like human beings, plants also have different ways of dealing with the heat, said Jerry Goodspeed, Utah State University Extension horticulturist.
How to Recognize Plant Heat Stress

How to Recognize Plant Heat Stress

Much like human beings, plants also have different ways of dealing with the heat, said Jerry Goodspeed, Utah State University Extension horticulturist.

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The techniques and tools most effective for managing weeds.
Landscape and Garden Weed Control

Landscape and Garden Weed Control

The techniques and tools most effective for managing weeds.

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Don’t start performing funeral rights on your brown grass. It most likely is not dead, just dormant. It’s normal for the grasses that are traditionally grown in Utah to struggle with the heat and drought we are experiencing now, says Kelly Kopp, Utah Stat
Is Your Lawn Dead or Dormant?

Is Your Lawn Dead or Dormant?

Don’t start performing funeral rights on your brown grass. It most likely is not dead, just dormant. It’s normal for the grasses that are traditionally grown in Utah to struggle with the heat and drought we are experiencing now, says Kelly Kopp, Utah Stat...

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In many areas of Utah, high salt levels in the soil limit the growth of some turfgrasses, especially Kentucky bluegrass. This fact sheet was written to assist you in determining if you have a soil with a high salt level and, if you do, how to manage it wi
Growing Turf on Salt-Affected Sites

Growing Turf on Salt-Affected Sites

In many areas of Utah, high salt levels in the soil limit the growth of some turfgrasses, especially Kentucky bluegrass. This fact sheet was written to assist you in determining if you have a soil with a high salt level and, if you do, how to manage it wi...

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Successful establishment or renovation of a lawn is best achieved with careful planning, soil preparation, and an understanding of turfgrass requirements.
Preparing Soil for Turfgrass Establishment – Southern Utah

Preparing Soil for Turfgrass Establishment – Southern Utah

Successful establishment or renovation of a lawn is best achieved with careful planning, soil preparation, and an understanding of turfgrass requirements.

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Of the seven guiding principles of water-wise landscaping (a.k.a. Xeriscaping™), the most controversial involves the use of turfgrass in the landscape. At times it has seemed that water-wise landscaping might not allow for the use of turfgrasses at all. I
Water-Wise Landscaping: Practical Turfgrass Areas

Water-Wise Landscaping: Practical Turfgrass Areas

Of the seven guiding principles of water-wise landscaping (a.k.a. Xeriscaping™), the most controversial involves the use of turfgrass in the landscape. At times it has seemed that water-wise landscaping might not allow for the use of turfgrasses at all. I...

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Successful establishment of a lawn is best achieved with careful planning, soil preparation, appropriate seed or sod choice, and an understanding of turfgrass requirements.
Preparing Soil for Turfgrass Establishment – Northern Utah

Preparing Soil for Turfgrass Establishment – Northern Utah

Successful establishment of a lawn is best achieved with careful planning, soil preparation, appropriate seed or sod choice, and an understanding of turfgrass requirements.

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The term cultivation can be a bit confusing when used in the context of turfgrass management. While agricultural cultivation typically refers to tilling the soil, this is not possible in stands of turfgrass. But the purpose of turfgrass cultivation is sim
Turfgrass Cultivation (Aerification)

Turfgrass Cultivation (Aerification)

The term cultivation can be a bit confusing when used in the context of turfgrass management. While agricultural cultivation typically refers to tilling the soil, this is not possible in stands of turfgrass. But the purpose of turfgrass cultivation is sim...

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The basic practices of turfgrass care include mowing, fertilization, and irrigation. In Utah, our climate has a unique effect on the turfgrasses that we grow and proper basic care will help to keep your lawn healthy and attractive.
Basic Turfgrass Care

Basic Turfgrass Care

The basic practices of turfgrass care include mowing, fertilization, and irrigation. In Utah, our climate has a unique effect on the turfgrasses that we grow and proper basic care will help to keep your lawn healthy and attractive.

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Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass or the fescues, may be seeded any time from midspring to early fall, but late summer/early fall is the optimum seeding time in southeast Utah. The warmth of the soil in late summer is more advantageous for s
Southeast Utah Turfgrass Management Calendar

Southeast Utah Turfgrass Management Calendar

Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass or the fescues, may be seeded any time from midspring to early fall, but late summer/early fall is the optimum seeding time in southeast Utah. The warmth of the soil in late summer is more advantageous for s...

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For many purposes, the turfgrass seed that may be purchased from a reputable garden center or nursery will usually fit the needs for most Utah lawns. When making such a purchase, look for a quality mixture of named turfgrass varieties avoiding those seed
Turfgrass Cultivars for Utah

Turfgrass Cultivars for Utah

For many purposes, the turfgrass seed that may be purchased from a reputable garden center or nursery will usually fit the needs for most Utah lawns. When making such a purchase, look for a quality mixture of named turfgrass varieties avoiding those seed ...

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Are you concerned about a bumpy, rough area in your lawn? Does a close inspection of your lawn reveal a miniature replica of the Wasatch Mountain Range? Such areas can be annoying, hard to mow, and even dangerous for anyone walking or running across them.
Over Hill, Over Dale: Earthworms in the Lawn

Over Hill, Over Dale: Earthworms in the Lawn

Are you concerned about a bumpy, rough area in your lawn? Does a close inspection of your lawn reveal a miniature replica of the Wasatch Mountain Range? Such areas can be annoying, hard to mow, and even dangerous for anyone walking or running across them....

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Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass or the fescues, may be seeded any time from midspring to early fall, but late summer is the optimum seeding time in the St. George, Utah, area. The warmth and dryness of the soil in late summer is more advan
St. George, Utah Turfgrass Management Calendar

St. George, Utah Turfgrass Management Calendar

Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass or the fescues, may be seeded any time from midspring to early fall, but late summer is the optimum seeding time in the St. George, Utah, area. The warmth and dryness of the soil in late summer is more advan...

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Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass or the fescues, may be seeded any time from midspring to early fall, but late summer/early fall is the optimum seeding time in southeast Utah. The warmth of the soil in late summer is more advantageous for s
Southwest Utah Turfgrass Management Calendar

Southwest Utah Turfgrass Management Calendar

Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass or the fescues, may be seeded any time from midspring to early fall, but late summer/early fall is the optimum seeding time in southeast Utah. The warmth of the soil in late summer is more advantageous for s...

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Irrigation system maintenance is necessary to ensure the most efficient use of the water that is being applied. Efficient irrigation is important because over two-thirds of the total water used in the average Uta home is applied to the landscape. With the
Irrigation System Maintenance

Irrigation System Maintenance

Irrigation system maintenance is necessary to ensure the most efficient use of the water that is being applied. Efficient irrigation is important because over two-thirds of the total water used in the average Uta home is applied to the landscape. With the...

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Weed prevention through proper turf establishment and maintenance is the best practical approach for long-term weed control, and is less expensive than controlling weeds later. Aspects of prevention include using best management practices such as proper m
Weed Control Options for Residential Lawns in Utah

Weed Control Options for Residential Lawns in Utah

Weed prevention through proper turf establishment and maintenance is the best practical approach for long-term weed control, and is less expensive than controlling weeds later. Aspects of prevention include using best management practices such as proper m...

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Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass or the fescues, may be seeded any time from midspring to early fall, but late summer is the optimum seeding time in northern Utah. The warmth of the soil in late summer is more advantageous for seed germinat
Northern Utah Turfgrass Management Calendar

Northern Utah Turfgrass Management Calendar

Cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass or the fescues, may be seeded any time from midspring to early fall, but late summer is the optimum seeding time in northern Utah. The warmth of the soil in late summer is more advantageous for seed germinat...