• 2015 Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Projections and Bulletins

    Published on July 29, 2015
    The severity of the western Lake Erie cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom (HAB) is dependent on phosphorus inputs from March 1- July 31, called the loading season.

  • European Chafer and Japanese Beetle on Sod Farms (E0004TURF)

    Published on June 8, 2015
    Some sod farms in Michigan have had problems with Japanese beetle or European chafer in recent years. Spring is a good time to review your strategy for the next generation.

  • Managing Yard Waste to Preserve Water Quality (E0012TURF)

    Published on June 8, 2015
    In 1994, a law banned grass clippings, tree leaves, branches and twigs from all landfills in Michigan. These items are considered yard waste, and prior to 1994, it accounted for approximately 20 to 25 percent of Michigan’s throwaway trash.

  • Mowing Lawn Turf (E0013TURF)

    Published on June 8, 2015
    Mowing is the most basic practice for maintaining lawn turf. Mowing performed at the correct height and frequency is essential to the health and density of the stand. Removing leaf tips induces plants to form new sprouts, increasing stand density.

  • Watch for Grub Damage in the Fall and Next Spring (E0016TURF)

    Published on May 28, 2015
    There are typically two species of grubs that can cause damage on golf courses in Michigan.

  • Purchasing Quality Turfgrass Seed: Read the Label (E0014TURF)

    Published on May 28, 2015
    Purchasing quality turfgrass seed for reestablishing lawns or establishing new lawns is critical to the future success of the lawn. Several key words often seen on bags of lawn seed are common indicators of what turfgrass species the bag contains.

  • Cultivation of Lawns (E0003TURF)

    Published on May 28, 2015
    Soil compaction, soil layering and excessive thatch buildup are common problems on home lawns in Michigan.

  • Irrigation Practices to Preserve Water Quality (E0009TURF)

    Published on May 28, 2015
    Watering the lawn is a necessary activity for many homeowners who desire a high quality turf. When done correctly, irrigating turf will ensure better density and growth that allows the turf to compete more effectively with weeds and to reduce other pest pr

  • Ground Ivy Control for Home Lawns (E0006TURF)

    Published on May 28, 2015
    Mention ground ivy or creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) to lawn care professionals or homeowners, and you'll most likely make them wince, scream or both. Ground ivy is a common invader of lawns.

  • Benefits of Forest Management Videos

    Published on August 21, 2014
    Michigan State University Extension collaborated with Great Lakes Production to produce three short videos highlighting the benefits of forest management.