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?
July 25, 2012 | Jeff Andresen | Under drought conditions, plants may not be able to extract water fast enough to keep up with evapotranspiration.
July 13, 2012 | Howard Russell | Despite their large size and fierce appearance, it is easy to get along with cicada killers.
July 12, 2012 | Dave Smitley | Home lawns are the most susceptible to grub damage under dry conditions. If you have seen turf damage caused by grubs in the last two years, plan on applying an insecticide for grubs before August 1.
July 5, 2012 | Bindu Bhakta | Online calculator conveniently determines the exact area of lawn or garden, saving you money and protecting the environment from over-fertilization.
June 28, 2012 | Dave Smitley | A lot of webworm moths are being observed now, but it may be chinch bugs that are damaging home lawns. Japanese beetles are out as well, and they are hungry.
May 17, 2012 | Kevin Frank | White clover and black medic are both currently flowering in lawns and other turf.
May 10, 2012 | Kevin Frank | The rainfall over the last couple of weeks has resulted in some interesting sightings in lawns.
May 3, 2012 | Bindu Bhakta | Updated lawn care tip sheet reflects recent changes to the Michigan Fertilizer Law regarding lawn fertilizer and its application.
April 30, 2012 | Bindu Bhakta | Michigan State University (MSU) Extension home lawn and garden soil test mailer and soil test website give home gardeners the tools they need to grow healthy plants, protect the environment and save money.
April 13, 2012 | Dave Smitley | Watch for thin turf, dead patches, and skunk digging, as these could be signs that European chafer grubs are infesting your lawn.