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 19, 2016 | Kevin Frank | Now is when seedheads push through turfgrass, orange and yellow hawkweed flowers and slime mold covers turf blades.
April 28, 2016 | Gretchen Voyle | Grasses need eight or more hours of full sunlight a day. If you’re struggling to grow grass even after water and fertilizing, a shady lawn may be the problem.
April 21, 2016 | Diane Brown | Hairy bittercress is an annual weed that can spread quickly. It often enters landscapes as a contaminant in container plants.
April 20, 2016 | Dave Smitley | A new PDF publication is the complete guide to protecting pollinators while gardening, growing flowers or managing trees, shrubs or turfgrass in urban areas.
April 14, 2016 | Kevin Frank | Spots of your lawn may need reseeding this spring.
April 14, 2016 | Gretchen Voyle | Recognize who is causing damage to your yard and landscape during spring and how to prevent it.
April 8, 2016 | Kevin Frank | Five tips for maintaining a lawn while doing less and hopefully saving some cash.
December 2, 2015 | Gretchen Voyle | Mole damage can appear differently, but it’s the same guys digging.
November 3, 2015 | Dave Smitley | White grub damage is being reported now because drought conditions in some areas have weakened and thinned turf root systems, making lawns much more susceptible to grub-feeding injury. Insecticide treatments may or may not be effective at this time.
August 13, 2015 | Kevin Frank | Yellow nutsedge is appearing in turfgrass. This article describes nutsedge and presents control options for homeowners and professional applicators.
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