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?
April 11, 2012 | Kevin Frank | Yes, your lawn can freeze. Recent low nighttime temperatures below 30°F have resulted in freeze injury on turf.
February 21, 2012 | Bindu Bhakta and Terry Gibb | Become a riparian steward by taking simple steps to manage shoreline property.
November 16, 2011 | Mallory Fournier | Unsure what to get the gardener in your life this holiday season? We polled MSU Extension educators to learn what’s on their wish list (and perhaps on yours, too).
November 8, 2011 | Robert Bricault | Applying a winterizer fertilizer this time of year will help rebuild turf by providing the nutrients needed to build up the root system and leave you with a healthier, thicker lawn in the spring.
October 20, 2011 | Mary Wilson | The weather may be growing cooler, but don’t take a gardening rest just yet! The time for “R&R” will come when you’ve properly prepared your beds for winter and next spring.
October 10, 2011 | Bob Bricault | Mowing turf to 3.5 inches will help it develop a larger root mass that can recover from grub damage with less pesticide use.
August 29, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran | Grasses are the ultimate tough plant for the ultimate tough place – Michigan.
August 26, 2011 | David Smitley | Most of the damage is over with for this year, but it’s not too late to check for chinch bug damage and spot-spray infested areas.
August 16, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran and Mary Wilson | Late summer offers a host of rewarding gardening work that produces both beauty and bounty.
July 22, 2011 | Stephen Fouch | The hot and dry summer weeks can severely stress our trees, shrubs and lawns, but homeowners can easily protect.