Ready for an attractive, healthy and smart lawn? View the resources below to help get you started.
Lawn care and alternatives
- Cool season lawn care and management from eXtension
- Summer lawn care
- Mulch leaves into turf to recycle nutrients
- Video on mulching leaves into turf
- Mowing lawn turf
- Lawn*A*Syst: An environmental risk assessment guide for lawn care
- Nine steps for establishing a new lawn using sod
- Phosphorus and home lawns
- Winter kill of turfgrass
- Have a low maintenance lawn
- Smart lawns for pollinators
- Shady lawn alternatives: Make your shady area the most beautiful place in your yard
Choosing grass for your lawn
- Cultivars of lawns
- Purchasing quality turfgrass seed: Read the label
- Performance of Kentucky bluegrass cultivars in Michigan
- Performance of tall fescue turfgrass cultivars in Michigan
- Turfgrass species and cultivar selection
- Cool season and warm season turfgrass selection from eXtension
- Smart water use: Using the proper amount of water on your lawn
- Irrigation practices to preserve water quality
- Managing yard waste to preserve water quality
- Turf flooding
- What is groundwater?
- Mow at the highest setting to promote deep roots, avoid grub damage, and crowd out weeds
- Dealing with moles
- Video on controlling grubs in lawns and turfgrass
- Home lawn grub control products in Michigan
- Watch for grub damage in the fall and next spring
- White grubs in new sod: What do I do?
May 24, 2017 | Rebecca Krans | Use these Smart Gardening practices to have a healthy lawn that is more resilient to potential turf problems.
May 22, 2017 | David Smitley | European crane fly adults have been observed during the last three to four weeks. Here are some tips to prevent turf damage.
May 12, 2017 | Howard Russell | Make sure you are using the appropriate timing and treatments when controlling European chafer grubs in turf.
May 8, 2017 | Diane Brown | Nostoc is not easy to control; cyanobacteria have been around for about 3.5 billion years and have survived conditions ranging from volcanoes to the Ice Age.
May 5, 2017 | Kevin Frank | Dandelions, violets and ivy, oh my! Many weeds are currently flowering in turfgrass, but not all require control.
May 1, 2017 | Beth Clawson | Managing standing water near your home and business can help control mosquitoes that transmit disease. Keeping your lawn cut can reduce tick populations.
April 18, 2017 | Aaron Hathaway | Not every Roundup is the same. Read the label and follow directions to ensure you’re picking the correct product for your intended use.
April 10, 2017 | Terry Davis | Not all the grub control products on store shelves will be effective this spring. Here’s how to choose and use the right one for your lawn.
April 6, 2017 | Alan Jaros | MSU Tollgate Farm is rolling out new Evenings in the Garden spring series starting April 15, 2017.
April 6, 2017 | Kevin Frank | 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.
Find an Expert
May 25, 2017 | MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center 28115 Meadowbrook Road - Novi, MI 48337
Jul 27, 2017 | Portage Township Community Building, W17361 Davis St., Curtis, MI 49820
Jul 28, 2017 | Watersmeet Township Community Center, N4660 US Hwy 45, Watersmeet, MI 49969
Aug 24, 2017 – Dec 7, 2017 | Heritage Church - Imlay City Campus, 543 N. Cedar St. (M-24 and M-55), Imlay City, MI 48444