Graduate Student Assistantship – University of Georgia

Position: The Department of Entomology at University of Georgia is looking for a Ph.D. student to study insect-plant interactions in the turfgrass system. This position provides an exciting research opportunity for hands-on experience in learning various integrated pest management (IPM) tactics such as host plant resistance, chemical and biological control in laboratory, greenhouse and field settings. The student will have access to all the research facilities in the campuses and experimental stations in Georgia.

Location: Griffin Campus Continue reading

How to maintain a thirsty lawn

The following recommendations were developed by Extension specialists at the University of Georgia. However, they are general enough to be relevant to every state on the East coast that is affected by the drought this summer. Click here for the original article, written by Mary Carol Sheffield.

Water correctly. In the absence of rainfall, established lawns need about 1 inch of water a week. Because the soil cannot absorb that much water at one time, which results in runoff, smaller volumes of water totaling 1 inch may need to be applied at separate times during the week. For example, two half-inch applications could be made three to four days apart. Continue reading

Turfgrass short course to be offered in College Station, TX Jan. 17-20

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

An intensive four-day Turfgrass Ecology and Management Short Course will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Jan. 17-20 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in College Station, will present the educational workshop for anyone interested in the fundamentals of turfgrass physiology and management. Continue reading

AgriLife Extension to present two fall gardening programs in Dallas during September

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas AgriLife Extension

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present two programs in its Gardening By the Yard fall gardening series this September in Dallas.

The programs will be from 9 a.m.-noon at Raincatcher’s Garden, Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Road. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Continue reading

Tips for Managing Drought Stressed Turfgrass

At UGA Extension

by Greg Huber, University of Georgia

During periods of hot and dry weather, certain modifications to your lawn maintenance practices will help to carry your turfgrass through periods of inadequate rainfall and reduce losses. The height of the warm-season turfgrass growing season spans May through August. Given average conditions (regular rainfall and moderate temperatures), bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, St. Augustinegrass, centipedegrass, and other warm-season species respond quickly to cultural and maintenance practices such as mowing, fertilizing, aerating, topdressing, and weed management.  However, the summer of 2016 has delivered hot and dry weather with less than normal rainfall.  With August approaching, now is the time to fine tune your turf management program to salvage an acceptable appearance while minimizing growth until environmental factors improve. Continue reading

How to tell if you have chinch bug damage

Georgia FACES is the source of the following post. Original recommendations are for Georgians, but the information contained in the article is useful for homeowners throughout the Southeast. Author of the original article is Clint Thompson, University of Georgia. Some sentences have been edited to make the information more general to the Southeast.

The drought in the Southeast has damaged lawns and wilted gardens, but in many areas, the lack of rain has also brought on chinch bugs, a dry weather pest of St. Augustine and other turfgrass. Continue reading

New turfgrass handbook available through AgriLife Extension

Homeowners and professional turfgrass managers now have a new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service publication available to help them when selecting herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to control common turfgrass pests.

Weed, Insect, and Disease Control in Turfgrass was authored by AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialists Dr. Casey Reynolds, College Station; Dr. Matt Elmore, Dallas; and Dr. Young-Ki Jo, College Station; as well as Diane Silcox Reynolds, a postdoctoral research associate. Continue reading