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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.
June 19, 2017 | Throughout much of Michigan, lawns are under stress from high temperatures and lack of rainfall.
June 9, 2017 | High temperatures will stress turfgrass in the next week. Here are simple reminders as the heat ramps up.
June 1, 2017 | A long-term strategy to reduce white clover and black medic in turfgrass is to ensure adequate fertility levels.
May 5, 2017 | Dandelions, violets and ivy, oh my! Many weeds are currently flowering in turfgrass, but not all require control.
April 6, 2017 | Recent rainfall events caused flooding in many lawns and other turf areas. Unless flooding was accompanied by soil deposition, most turf areas should have minimal damage.
March 31, 2017 | These two different products are good examples of why understanding the difference between product names and herbicide active ingredients is critical.
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.