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Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Associate Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.
Specializes in professional turfgrass management of golf courses, athletic fields, sod production and landscape turf.
Research program focuses on developing turfgrass nutrition programs, assessing the environmental fate of fertilizer applications to turfgrass, investigating irrigation practices, and management strategies to alleviate winterkill of turfgrass. Dr. Frank conducts turfgrass cultivar evaluations through the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program and also conducts fertilizer product evaluations in turfgrass.
March 23, 2017 | When is the correct time to apply crabgrass pre-emergence herbicides?
March 9, 2017 | Growing degree-days have accumulated quickly, but it may not yet be time to apply plant growth regulators to control annual bluegrass seedheads on golf courses.
February 22, 2017 | Warm temperatures in February have resulted in golf courses opening in some areas of Michigan, but will this warmup cause turf problems?
January 12, 2017 | Freeze-thaw cycles throughout this winter are creating short-term ice sheets on putting greens.
October 6, 2016 | Fall is the ideal time for controlling broadleaf weeds such as ground ivy, dandelion and white clover.
September 8, 2016 | September is the ideal time for seeding turfgrass in Michigan.
August 24, 2016 | The MSU Turf School, held Dec. 12-16, 2016, is a week-long course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass.
August 17, 2016 | Insect damage from sod webworms, bluegrass billbugs or grubs may be the reason some parts of your lawn didn’t green-up after recent rains.
July 15, 2016 | The MSU Turfgrass Field Day includes presentations and workshops covering golf, lawn and athletic field research.
June 29, 2016 | Throughout much of Michigan, lawns are under stress from high temperatures and lack of rainfall.