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East Lansing, MI 48824
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.
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.
June 9, 2016 | Mossy stonecrop, commonly called Sedum, can be a difficult weed to remove from lawns.
May 19, 2016 | Now is when seedheads push through turfgrass, orange and yellow hawkweed flowers and slime mold covers turf blades.
April 14, 2016 | Spots of your lawn may need reseeding this spring.
April 8, 2016 | Five tips for maintaining a lawn while doing less and hopefully saving some cash.
April 1, 2016 | There is still time to make pre-emergence herbicide applications to control crabgrass.
March 28, 2016 | The annual MSU snow mold trial field day will be held March 31, 2016, in Gaylord, Michigan.